Micro-Management: A lot Bigger Than You Think

Webster’s Dictionary defines micromanage as:

to manage with great or excessive control, or attention to details.

And while many of us try not to do it, we are often affected by it-whether we do it to other employees or are victims to it ourselves. Micromanaging wasn’t always a four-letter word. In fact, it can be a good thing. After all, when you’re just starting out, managing every detail of your business can help it to grow. The problem begins to arise when entrepreneurs (or business owners who are passionate about their companies doing well) find it difficult to let their employees do their job.

The Opposite Effect

When employees feel like they are trusted and their abilities respected, this can lead to record performances numbers for any company. However, gung-ho business owners who mean well will often “hover over employees shoulders” with numerous phone calls, meetings, critiques of their work, etc. All of this over-involvement from an employer not only wastes his/her time; it hurts the employee’s productivity, kills morale and can rapidly drag a business down. On the contrary, it is when an employee feels like they are making an independent contribution to the company with little interference that they often work harder and more efficiently. All of this being said, here are some tips to avoid micro-managing others:

  1. Be Accountable: If you’re an employer and you want to avoid micromanaging others, make sure you make it clear that your employees will be held accountable for their work and actions.
  2. Be There: Just because you want to avoid micromanaging doesn’t mean that you have to step away from everything completely. Make sure that you are available to any of your employees in case they have questions. Allow yourself to be approachable, this way your employees aren’t afraid to come to you.
  3. Be the Best: Hiring employees who will be efficient is key. It is often difficult and takes some time to sift out who is the right fit for your company, but this is something that will help you in the long run.
  4. Be the Change: Focus on the future. Where do you see your company going in the next year? five years? ten years? Use this to help direct your employees to your vision of how things should be.
  5. Be Resourceful: Unless you provide the necessary tools that your employees need, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. Figure out exactly what it is that you want your employees to accomplish and then determine what you’ll need. This will save you so much time and stress in the long run.

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