Micromanagement is a management style through which a manager closely oversees, controls and scrutinizes the work of employees. There are few, if any, arguments that micromanaging in the workplace is a good thing.
55% of leaders admit micromanaging decreases productivity
38% of employees would rather do something unpleasant than sit next to a micromanaging boss
68% of leaders say micromanaging decreases morale
In other words, micromanagement is bad – for productivity, morale, and your company’s bottom line.
Here are five ways to lead your team without micromanaging.
1. Encourage Two-Way Communication
Communication in the workplace is absolutely essential to growth and efficiency. When you accept new thoughts and ideas, you garner respect and appreciation from your employees.
It may help to schedule weekly one-on-one meetings with your team members. This way, every employee will have an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and questions with management. This is also an appropriate time for you to ask questions without micromanaging.
2. Explore the Benefits of Delegation
Many supervisors are surprised when they loosen the reigns and watch productivity improve. Both employers and managers fear the unknown – but skilled workers make for a solid, efficient workplace.
Start by assigning “test” projects to workers you trust the most. Soon, you’ll get more comfortable with allowing your staff to perform by themselves.
3. Downplay Your Metrics
Far too many managers focus solely on metrics, rather than individual performance. Over-measurement leads to micromanagement and, in return, decreased productivity. Instead of obsessing over the numbers, choose a few key metrics and stick to them.
4. Let Your Employees DO, Rather Than SEE
If you have an employee who needs improvement, training or teaching, remember how difficult learning can be. The best lessons are taught by letting the learner do, rather than see. Otherwise, your employee may not understand what you’re asking of them.
Consider talking your employees through important steps. This is far better than doing everything for them, which can make your team members feel incompetent and untrusted.
5. Remember Positive Principles
To keep your focus on teamwork, rather than micromanagement, remember the following principles:
do ask yourself why you micromanage;
don’t make your employees feel untrusted;
do focus on projects and tasks that matter most to you;
don’t overreact when something goes wrong;
do communicate openly with your team; and
don’t let go completely.
When you choose The Patriot Group for your staffing needs, you choose skilled employees who don’t require micromanagement. Contact our experienced team to learn more!