Frustrated with your boss? Here are key signs to look for to determine if he or she is a micromanager.
Feeling stressed out because your boss is driving you crazy? It might not be you — it might be because your boss is a micromanager. To find out, see how many of these 10 warning signs apply to your manager.
Has difficulty delegating. Handing off projects and activities to others means giving up control, which micromanagers don’t like.
Tells employees how to do their work. Doesn’t just give assignments, provides step-by-step instructions on how to do the work, and then incessantly checks in to follow up.
Tries to control the flow of information into and out of the department. Does your boss want to be copied on the emails you send? Does your boss demand that others outside the department go through him or her before contacting you?
Doesn’t proactively solicit the opinions and advice from the team or peers. That’s because micromanagers believe they’re the most knowledgeable in how things should be done, so they don’t often engage others in discussion or solicit the advice of experts.
Feels undervalued. Exhibits frustration that employees don’t appreciate all the help he or she provides.
Is swamped with low-priority activities. Is your boss always overwhelmed? Does he or she seem unfocused and often stressed?
Doesn’t have a strategic plan for the department. Because micromanagers are so focused on minute details, they can often be spotted by their lack of big-picture vision.
Has higher than normal employee turnover in the department. That’s because good employees tend to leave when they feel suffocated by a micromanager.
Employees avoid the manager. Do you see others quickly turn and walk the other direction when they see the manager approaching? Do you notice any employees rolling their eyes in frustration with the boss?
Has poor employee engagement scores. Not every company conducts employee engagement surveys, but if your organization does, the results can also point to micromanager issues. Not every team is led by a great manager — that’s why managers account for 70 percent of variance in employee engagement scores, according to Gallup.
If you’ve answered yes to a majority of these items, then you’re most likely working for a micromanager.
People spend more time at work than in almost every other activity in life — and it isn’t wrong to want a happy work life. But if your boss is a micromanager, then the question you’ll want to ask yourself is: “Can I flex my style to work with my manager’s, or do I need to start looking for a job working for someone else?”