Is micromanagement productive

Is your micromanagement boss robbing you of your last nerve? 6 tips what you can do

"How far are you with the task?" Asks your boss (m / f / d) for what feels like the tenth time that day about the task he has assigned you this morning. It is clear that such control behavior is not very productive and can also get on your nerves. Here are six tips on what you can do now to be more motivated to work with your micromanagement boss.

What are micromanagers?

You want to control everything down to the smallest detail. As an employee, you hardly have time to work through the task, and you are asked about the status. You keep coming back to the table to check “that is all right”. Delegating the task and then doing it yourself in the end: These are micromanagement bosses.

In terms of personality, it is often people who like to have everything tidy and want to know about everything, regardless of whether it falls within their own area of ​​responsibility or not. Due to the variety of tasks in which they are involved everywhere, the micromanagers have difficulties to prioritize. The list could be extended indefinitely, but you will surely have recognized your boss a long time ago.

6 tips on how to deal with micromanagement bosses

Now you know that your boss is a typical phenomenon and what the experts call him. It is understandable that the situation with such a boss is not always easy. That's why we've put together six tips for you on how you can make your work life with your micromanagement boss easier.

1. Tip: watch your micromanagement boss

Even if you are tired of his control, try to understand your boss better. Because the greater your understanding of his behavior, the better you can help your boss or find your own way. So observe in which situations your micromanager starts again to control everything down to the smallest detail. Does he react particularly violently with his obligation to control a certain project (for example, because there is a high level of management attention here)? Are there perhaps even situations in which he is completely relaxed? If so: what are they?

2. Tip: Communication is key with your micromanagement boss

Try to better understand your micromanagement boss through communication. So when he does his inspection again (physically or verbally), question him and clarify how it comes about. Try not to attack him, but rather to sound surprised, like: “Oh, was the task important so that I should have done it first?” Or “I notice that I did not achieve the result to your satisfaction. What specifically can I do better next time? "

3rd tip: reflect on yourself

There are always two parts to a working relationship: So check back to see if your own behavior is triggering these controls? Does your boss check on you more often or more intensively than on other colleagues? What can that be? Sometimes it's the little things that you can change, but that improve the whole relationship level. Something like a little verbal status report in between to the boss about the project with management attention can help. Or maybe you leave it behind with your deep specialist knowledge and should choose a different depth of detail and formulations in your communication.

In any case, try to honestly look at yourself again to see if you still have room for improvement. Also consult a trusted colleague for this - not to blaspheme the boss, because that is not at all productive and goal-oriented, but rather to receive honest feedback.

4. Tip: Give feedback to the micromanagement boss

After the duty comes the freestyle: If you want a change in your job situation, you have to take the first step. After you have made your observations and self-reflections, ask your boss for a one-on-one conversation. In this conversation, try not to attack your boss directly, but rather describe the situation from your point of view, as you perceive it. Tell him what you are missing and what you need.

Use the observation situations for this and ask: “Could it be that you need more feedback from me regarding project XY with high management attention? How often or in what form would you like that? ”If it is generally a question of coping with the task, you can ask your boss exactly what the goal of the task is and what exactly your part of the task entails. By asking questions and using sentences like: “Did I understand correctly, that it is important to you that ...?” Try to approach a new modus operandi with your boss. We have summarized what you should also consider during the feedback discussion with your boss.

Tip 5: Give the micromanagement boss time

Bad habits are known to be difficult to get rid of. Therefore, give your boss some time to get used to your and his new way of working and don't go straight to the ceiling if he drops old slogans again. Instead, try to point out the mutual agreements objectively and confidently. If possible, use a quiet time without spectators so that your boss doesn't lose face.

After a period of three weeks, ask him again for a one-to-one conversation in which you can reflect on the new working methods to see whether something has improved or where there is still potential.

6. Tip: find your own way

If nothing works anymore, the last resort is to reorientate or resign. For this it is important to also give the micro-boss or the company a fair chance. First of all, you should tell your micromanagement boss that you are playing with the idea of ​​resigning and that you would like to speak to your boss's supervisor again. Good communication is also important here so that there are no conflicts or escalations. During this conversation you can look for a solution together with the “boss-boss” and the micromanagement boss.

Alternatively, you can start exploring and applying directly (first internally, then externally). Important: If it's a good company, first search internally - maybe there is already something good here in the parallel department, where you already know that this boss works differently. Only then should you tackle the complete farewell to the company, because a job change can always involve a certain risk.

As you can see, you are not helpless in your situation with a micromanagement boss. In addition to observation and self-reflection, the good old conversation is always worth trying to improve your job situation. If all else fails, look around first internally and, if necessary, externally for a new position.

Executive trainer and XING insider Henryk Lüderitz describes the challenge faced by young executives from his own experience. His customers include VW, P&G and medium-sized companies. In his seminars, lectures and individual coaching, he entertains, provokes and inspires with a combination of specialist knowledge, experience and humor. He also regularly provides information on career topics for young specialists and managers in his magazine The Young Professional.