Micromanagement Madness :: ERNZ Consultants - Employment Advice for Workers and Bosses
There's just one problem with being a micromanager. When it all falls down - it's all your fault! If you're micromanaging, you're not doing management right!

In her article on Small Business Computing, Janine Popick, CEO of VerticalResponse, discusses several ways to eradicate micromanagement from your business—and what you stand to gain by doing so.

The first step is to understand why it’s happening at all. Micromanagement can show its ugly face when there’s a lack of trust or confidence, for example, when a manager starts working with a new and unfamiliar team. Or perhaps you have a team member who tends to miss deadlines or doesn’t follow through.  Identifying the root causes can help you take corrective steps and build the trust that’s necessary for a business to flourish.

The next step requires that you hold your team accountable—if you don’t, how can they know whether or not they’re meeting your expectations? Rather than micromanaging everything, give them goals that are realistic and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-sensitive).

Another strategy involves adding 360-degree feedback into your employee review process. This might sound a bit frightening, but when done properly, you and your teams can learn a lot and grow better and stronger as a result.

Finally, let go of wanting everything done your way. If you always control the what, how and when of every task, not only will you end up doing most of the work, you’ll end up with bored, unhappy and resentful employees. According to Popick, “knowing when to step back and give your team members the space they need to explore a problem, brainstorm, come up with solutions and execute on them is at the very core of every good manager.

By taking these steps, you can weed out micromanaging and its toxic effects on your business. Plus, giving employees an empowered voice in the work process generates more ideas and solutions, which can result in better products and a stronger business.

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