Micromanaging. It’s easy to do, and it’s usually difficult to identify in your own management style. But micromanaging can be detrimental to a business. Allstaff Services, Inc., is an employment agency in Tucson and Phoenix AZ, and we have seen how companies struggle to retain and maintain happy employees when strict managerial control is part of the structural DNA. If you suspect you might be a micromanager or know someone who is, read on, and share!

Why It’s Bad for Business

If you want something done right, do it yourself. This old adage may be just that: old and outdated. If you’ve taken charge of a new team, or if you are the one who is new to the team, it can be especially challenging to resist the urge to micromanage. But the results will rarely bring the positive outcome you desire.

A micromanager is a person who tries to control, but their efforts to hover over every detail with their team indicates they are, in fact, quite out of control. When you choose (or default) to micromanage your team, you will wind up frustrating even your best employees. You’ll leave them wondering how they can meet your standards, and they’ll question whether their work is meaningful. If your idea about how to accomplish a task is too narrow, you will stifle innovation. In the end, micromanaging your team will cause them to feel demoralized or even worthless, and they won’t put forth their best work.

Identify Your Micromanaging Tendencies

  • Are you overly concerned that your employees are going to make you look bad?
  • Do you struggle to delegate tasks?
  • Do you involve your employees in the goal-setting process?
  • Are conversations only one way?
  • Do you ever let your employees work remotely from home or at a coffee shop?
  • How often do you ask for employee input and consider their ideas?

Depending on how you answered these questions, you may be identifying a controlling management style. The good news? Recognition is always the first step to change. The harder part can be changing a style that comes naturally to you. We promise, if you move toward positive adjustments in the way you manage, your employees will thank you.

Practical Ways to Loosen Up the Reins

Here are three practical ways to back off a little bit and loosen up the reins:

  1. Start Small. It’s hard to quit a bad habit overnight. If you are deeply entrenched in the day-to-day details, you may want to make a step-by-step effort to let go slowly.
  2. Keep Things Simple. When you delegate (yes, that can be a scary word for all you micromanagers), keep instructions minimal and simple. If you feel the need to over explain how to get a certain task done, you might be underestimating your team. Give them the benefit of the doubt and trust that you hired fully competent and capable people.
  3. Involve Your Employees More. This means asking your employees their opinion and valuing it in goal setting, in project management, and in any other relevant office affairs.

As a manager, your job is to get the results that your company is asking of your team. The best place to start is by hiring the right people. Next time you’re looking for the right hire, look no further than Allstaff Services, Inc., in Tucson and Phoenix. We are passionate about finding the best talent for your business.


Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst (5/14/2018)