3 Ways to Know You’re Micromanaging

November 20th, 2015

Part of your job as a manager is to oversee your team’s work, but it’s also part of your job to let your team get the work done themselves. Micromanaging is damaging to team morale; it’s also damaging to your career because the time you spend overseeing your team is time you can’t spend focused on bigger priorities. Here are three signs that you’re micromanaging instead of leading:

  1. You check in with your team daily, or even more often. You even check in when you’re on vacation. If you need constant status reports and updates to reassure you that things are going ok, your team legitimately feels that you don’t trust them to get the work done. If you have good people on your team, trust that they’ll get the work done. Let them know they can, and should, come to you when there are problems. While you need to get updates and stay informed, “no news is good news” is as true at the office as it is anywhere else. Learn to limit your requests for status updates to once a week except when you’re truly in crisis mode.
  1. You sweat the small stuff. As a manager, you should be focused on the overall goals and progress of a project, not the details of every work item. Let your team accomplish their tasks on their own. You may be more experienced than they are, and can share your knowledge, but ultimately they need to find their own way to get the job done. As long as the results are satisfactory and the way the work is getting done isn’t causing any friction or other problems, the process isn’t really a problem.
  1. You keep the important tasks for yourself. Failing to delegate is a common sign of micromanagement. Keeping the “important” tasks for yourself assures you that they’ll be done the way you want, but it also means your team is stuck with just the drudgework. It also deprives team members of the chance to learn and develop their skills—skills that would help them work more independently in the future.

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