Want a More Productive Office? Stop Micromanaging Your Team!

February 13th, 2015

Are you the kind of manager who likes to be CC’d on every email and is always convinced that your way is the best approach to completing any task? If so, there’s a good chance you’re a micromanager. Rather than putting your trust in the talented people you hired, you refuse to let go of just about anything.

Micromanaging doesn’t just cause you to have an unnecessarily heavy workload ─ it also has a profoundly negative impact on your staff. It’s no fun to have a boss who doesn’t trust you to do your job and closely monitors everything task you’re assigned.

5 Negative Side Effects of Micromanagement

Still not convinced that your micromanaging habits are a bad thing? Learn five negative impacts of this type of behavior:

  1. Drop in Productivity: It takes a great deal of time and energy to obsess over every little task your team members complete. Not only are they unable to get anything right the first time ─ you’re also spending your valuable time critiquing their work instead of doing your own.
  2. Decreased Engagement: People enjoy feeling like their contributions add to the overall success of the team. However, their enthusiasm quickly fades when you tell them exactly how to complete each task and consequently make extensive edits to the finished product.
  3. Lower Confidence Levels: It’s demoralizing to feel like your boss has zero confidence in your abilities. When you don’t trust your employees to do their jobs, they eventually lose confidence in their skills, which impacts the quality of their work.
  4. Added Pressure: It’s significantly unsetting to feel like someone is always looking over your shoulder ─ which is exactly what your micromanaging does to your staff. There’s a good chance you’re inadvertently causing your team to make more mistakes because your ever-present watchful eye is making them nervous.
  5. High Rates of Turnover: Micromanaging quickly leads to low rates of job satisfaction, which ultimately results in high rates of turnover. Don’t scare your talented, loyal employees away by behaving like a dictator.

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