Micromanagement doesn't work

Posted on 04 April 2023

People don’t like micromanagement, or at least that’s what our recent poll concluded. I guess when you think about it and definitely, in this day and age no one wants to feel like they are being treated like a child, not trusted, or what we call micromanagement.

Check out the recent poll:https://lnkd.in/esNnww9e

Who wants someone breathing down their neck 24/7, but at the same time I fully appreciate that structure, plans, and guidance are absolutely necessary. 

It’s a fine line between giving someone the freedom to explore where their skill set could take them while providing them the guidance they need to develop and not throwing them into a situation that they absolutely can’t handle. That is one of the skill set I’m starting to fully appreciate more and as a manager/leader trying to understand where you can let someone loose at a task while ensuring you are there to nudge slightly back in the right direction if needed. 

Innavertably over the last 18 months, I had to give my team more and more freedom or opportunity (you could call it) and let them take on slightly more responsibility than you would normally expect.

Of course, that’s not always going to be necessary with certain job roles, you couldn’t let a trainee doctor take on a heart operation without the proper training, but I guess what I am trying to say is, by not being too controlling and not holding someone back, I’ve seen them grow and develop faster than expected.

Micromanagement isn’t what people want and I don’t think it works!

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