An HR Glossary for HR Terms


What is Micromanagement?

Micromanagement is a counter-productive management style that consists of managers exhibiting overly excessive attention to observing and controlling employees. Examples of this may include supervising each step of the work their employees are doing and exaggerating minor details. Micromanagement may have results in the short-term, but in the long run, it will impact employee morale and confidence. 

Why is micromanagement not effective?

Micromanagement is impractical in the long run because it can decrease employee morale, confidence, and motivation. Furthermore, other factors like loss of trust, overly dependent employees, high turnover, and lack of innovation can result from a micromanager. It is important to allow employees to take initiative by themselves to encourage creativity and innovative thinking. 

Signs of Micromanagement:

  • Constantly asking for updates. 
  • Asking to be cc’d in every email.
  • Monitoring each step of the project. 
  • Never being satisfied with deliverables.
  • Obsessing over details that are not significant.

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