Start Managing Your Employees More…By Overseeing Them Less

January 4th, 2016

Being a manager is a huge responsibility. Whether results are good or bad, you’re ultimately held accountable for the work produced by your team. Consequently, it’s only natural for this to make you incredibly nervous and to micromanage your staff, because you think this is the best way to keep things running smoothly.

The only problem is micromanaging doesn’t work. Even if you have the best of intentions, no one enjoys having their boss constantly watching over their shoulder. You hired great people to join your team, so now it’s time to step back and let them get to work.

Stop Micromanaging to Realize These 5 Benefits

Build Trust

Whether or not it’s intentional, when you constantly hover over your employees and only give them simple assignments, you make them feel like you don’t trust them. Give them challenging work and allow them to complete it on their own terms, to convey the message that you have complete faith in their abilities and know they’ll get the job done right.

Empower Your Team

When your staff thinks you don’t believe in them, they start to second-guess their own abilities. Consequently, they look to you for the final say on every decision, because they assume that’s what you want. Empower your employees by giving them the freedom to make their own decisions. Know that failure will happen, but as a result people will learn from their mistakes and become more confident.

Promote Employee Growth

Gaining exposure to new experiences and taking on additional responsibilities is the only way to learn and grow. If you refuse to give your staff anything but the same easy, mundane tasks, you’re keeping them from reaching their potential. Help them achieve their personal best by assigning tasks out of their comfort zone, so they can expand their horizons.

Get More Time Back in Your Day

As a manager, you have a tremendous amount of responsibility. In fact, you probably come into the office early and stay late most days to try to get everything done. Accomplish more each day and get your personal life back by delegating tasks to your team. They’ll be excited to take on new responsibilities and you’ll have more time to focus on your own priorities.

Improve Retention Rates

No one wants to work for a company that doesn’t appreciate them. If your retention rates are above average, it’s probably because your employees are bored with their lack of responsibility and tired of having you constantly look over their shoulder. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the lack of resignation letters you receive this year after loosening the reigns on your staff.

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Want a More Productive Office? Stop Micromanaging Your Team!

February 13th, 2015

Are you the kind of manager who likes to be CC’d on every email and is always convinced that your way is the best approach to completing any task? If so, there’s a good chance you’re a micromanager. Rather than putting your trust in the talented people you hired, you refuse to let go of just about anything.

Micromanaging doesn’t just cause you to have an unnecessarily heavy workload ─ it also has a profoundly negative impact on your staff. It’s no fun to have a boss who doesn’t trust you to do your job and closely monitors everything task you’re assigned.

5 Negative Side Effects of Micromanagement

Still not convinced that your micromanaging habits are a bad thing? Learn five negative impacts of this type of behavior:

  1. Drop in Productivity: It takes a great deal of time and energy to obsess over every little task your team members complete. Not only are they unable to get anything right the first time ─ you’re also spending your valuable time critiquing their work instead of doing your own.
  2. Decreased Engagement: People enjoy feeling like their contributions add to the overall success of the team. However, their enthusiasm quickly fades when you tell them exactly how to complete each task and consequently make extensive edits to the finished product.
  3. Lower Confidence Levels: It’s demoralizing to feel like your boss has zero confidence in your abilities. When you don’t trust your employees to do their jobs, they eventually lose confidence in their skills, which impacts the quality of their work.
  4. Added Pressure: It’s significantly unsetting to feel like someone is always looking over your shoulder ─ which is exactly what your micromanaging does to your staff. There’s a good chance you’re inadvertently causing your team to make more mistakes because your ever-present watchful eye is making them nervous.
  5. High Rates of Turnover: Micromanaging quickly leads to low rates of job satisfaction, which ultimately results in high rates of turnover. Don’t scare your talented, loyal employees away by behaving like a dictator.

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