Monday, August 24, 2009

Managing the Micromanager

The job description did not include managing a micromanager. In essence, micromanagers are individuals who feel insecure about tasks being completed the way they want them done. Don't take it personal. Some managers feel that they would do the project themselves just so they know it will get done their way. Here a 4 ways to provide security for the micromanager:

1. Provide frequent updates.

In an effort to curb the constant interruptions by your supervisor who is inquiring about your status on a project, give him constant updates so that he can be assured that you are in the process of completion. If possible, give a time when the project will be completed. If others are involved in the project, cc your manager on emails so that they are kept in the "loop."

2. Ask questions. Repeat responses.
Asking questions and providing a summary of the response gives the manager assurance that you understand the project.

3. Take notes
When presented with a new project or update, get a pen and notepad and take notes. This also shows the manager that you are being attentive to the project and also provides a sense of security to the manager.

4. Provide assurance and be assertive.
Let your manager know that you will be working on the project during certain times of the day which require your full attention. Assure your supervisor you will let him know your progress. This should imply when you are working on the project and informs the supervisor that he will be updated on the project's status soon.

Our job as office professionals, is to make our managers feel at ease so that the "fear"will dissolve and we will be asked to assist on future projects which will build experience and create the trust factor.


Patricia Robb said...

I must admit that I manage on the micro-side, although I am getting better, but yes, I would love all of the above and it would make my work life much better and I would feel better. Thanks for the post.


Janet said...

I recently read a similar post on the site, and agree that all of these are helpful tips. However, when your micromanager takes matters to the sub-atomic particle level of analysis and manipulation, more time is wasted trying to manage the manager than actually doing the job. One employer actually provided a cash bonus to work for a particularly challenging individual, but I found myself spending the extra money on a psychiatrist, and decided it wasn't worth the hassle. Life's too short!