Do you work weekends and long hours? Do you struggle to find free time? Do you insist on approving everything?
Then, you’re a micromanaging boss! Delegating isn’t your forte because you feel you’re the only one who can do everything right.
Stopping micromanaging isn’t easy, but it’s crucial to the success of your team and your business. Micromanaging is one of the top complaints that employees have about their bosses. Micromanaging doesn’t give employees autonomy but rather, it results in inefficiency and high turnover. So, if you do micromanage, knowing how to let it go while making sure you achieve results is crucial.
#1. Hire the Right People
Hiring the right employees is the first step to building a successful, high-performing team. If you want to stop micromanaging, you need to be confident in your employees' abilities and trust that they can do a great job.
Make sure your team has accountable people who take ownership of their work and don’t need hand-holding.
#2. Have a Clear Definition of Success
Goal setting is a crucial step in preventing micromanagement. Set clear, attainable goals and be transparent with your entire team. Inform team members exactly what they’re responsible for and what success looks like.
Having well-defined goals will help your employees to move forward with a clear picture of what they need to do.
Be open and clear in your communication and allow employees to ask for feedback; this will prevent common misunderstandings that often disrupt projects. If you work with a dispersed team, make sure you have the right technology to offer effective communication and collaboration so that everyone remains on the same page.
#3. Learn to Delegate
Let go of your employees by assigning specific portions of a project to an individual or a group. Give "test" assignments to get more comfortable with your employees’ performance.
Be available for guidance, but only when it’s requested. Allow your employees to fail because this is the only way they’ll learn to think for themselves.
#4. Relax on Metrics
Micromanaging can make you over-measure. But with advanced technology, finding information is easy. Begin by defining a few KPIs and stick with them. Measuring various metrics is good, but overdoing it can turn into an obsession.
#5. Check In Regularly
Schedule regular check-ins with your team to stay informed on their progress, answer their queries, give feedback, and make sure everything is on track.
If problems occur, handle them immediately. Step in and help your team to get back on track. Don’t abandon them and become uninvolved. Stay informed and be involved in what they’re doing, but give them autonomy at the same time.
Micromanaging is not a good idea, especially if you’re on the receiving end. It’s a huge time waster and it kills trust. Ultimately, you have to let it go if you’re looking to lead a productive team.
As a business owner, is it possible to be too nice to employees and customers? We'll look at that next time.