3 Signs You’re a Micromanager

June 13th, 2017

Staffing firms know that micromanaging employees can result in high turnover, low morale, and a bad reputation throughout the industry. But have you ever stopped to ask if you’re a micromanager?

It’s more common than you think.

An Accountemps survey found that “Fifty-nine percent of employees interviewed reported working for a micromanager at some point in their careers.” The survey also found that, “Of those who felt they’d been micromanaged, 68 percent said it decreased their morale and 55 percent said it hurt their productivity.”

So clearly, micromanaging isn’t good. But how can you tell if you’re guilty of doing it? Below are three signs.

1. Your Employees Seem Hesitant to Ask You Questions

Do your workers appear timid, afraid, and paralyzed whenever you’re around? Do they constantly have to seek your approval, even for the most mundane of tasks? It’s probably because you have a bad habit of getting angry whenever your employees do anything on their own without asking for your feedback.

A manager should trust their employees enough to finish a job alone.  Remember, your team members are adults, not children. In fact, even children need to be left to their own devices in order to grow. Your employees deserve the same.

2. You Often Reassign Work to Be Done to Fix Minor Details

Striving for quality work is important, but it’s another story if you’re a perfectionist constantly undermining your employees’ abilities to solve problems on their own.

If your definition of great work is anything that you have direct hand over, you’re going to have a problem getting anything done. Rather than tell your people exactly how to accomplish tasks, give your employees the time and opportunity to figure things out on their own.

You can’t dictate, but you can teach, which is what being an effective leader is about.

3. Every Task Needs Your Approval

If you’re a textbook hoverer who constantly calls or emails your employees asking what they’re doing, you’re probably a textbook micromanager too.

While it’s important to know what’s going on in your organization, it’s not realistic to sign off on everything that each member of your team does. Delegation is a major management skill that not only ensures your organization functions efficiently, it’s also important for morale.

If you keep all the important tasks to yourself, your employees won’t feel confident about their skills and abilities. More importantly, you will never earn your employees’ trust and respect.

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