There may be a lot of reasons that employees leave or resort to chronic absenteeism, but nothing beats micromanaging. No one wants to work with a boss who’s constantly breathing down their neck, always dubious of what a staff can and can’t do. Although there are always two sides of the story, it’s often bad news where micromanagement is concerned.
By definition, micromanaging is a management style where you, as a manager or supervisor, closely observe or control an employee’s work. If it was a dog-owner relationship, you put people on a short leash. Any slight movement they make and you’ll give them the tug-and-pull treatment.
Clearly, micromanagement is no good, especially for the employee being subjected to it. It won’t be long before certain business problems arise.
Employees will shut down
Once they realize that you aren’t listening to them, they won’t see any merit to presenting their ideas or providing suggestions and possible solutions. Why bother when a manager would dismiss their ideas without a single thought? What’s worse, staff would stop being straight with you. This would lead to a strained relationship, which will stop them from being proficient, lose interest and resent your role as a leader.
Employees are disengaged
One of the many ways to keep staff engaged is to make their input count. Since you’re taking control of everything, they’d feel very much disengaged. They may come to work, put in the time but nothing else. This leads to apathy that will not only affect a staff’s productivity, but also that of his colleagues. When employees are no longer willing to sacrifice, you could end up running the business all by yourself, which is probably what you want, considering you’re micromanaging everyone.
Financiers would pull out support
Think you’ll only have problems with your employees? Think again. A lot of financiers aren’t particularly happy with managers that keep all the power and responsibilities to themselves. Someone who don’t value his staff, clearly don’t value business growth. Employees are the lifeblood of a company, after all. Nothing will happen to a business if the staff won’t work together to achieve success.
Before it’s too late, take a step back and determine if you’re micromanaging your staff. If you’re guilty, make sure to end the restrictive managing style and correct harmful behavior.