I perform better under strict micromanaging said no employee ever
Learning to trust others when you decide to run your own business is very daunting. You put so much effort in to starting it up that it’s hard to let anyone else have any control.
Micromanaging is an easy habit to fall in to. You naturally want to be involved in everything – after all this was your idea and you want to see it flourish. To run a successful business, though, you must stand back and let others do their job.
The downside to micromanagement
Micromanagement is all about control: if you control everything to do with your business, it’s bound to flourish, right? Unfortunately not. The reality is that the result is likely to be the exact opposite.
- When you try to micromanage, your staff will take this as interfering because you do not trust them. Lack of trust works both ways, and if they feel you do not trust them, they are less likely to trust you. You have employed people you feel have the experience you need, so there is no reason to watch over them.
- If you have employed an efficient team, then they will have smooth working practices which mean that everything gets done. If you start to interfere and suggest ways for them to do things, they will start to make mistakes and forget to complete some tasks. You can’t just ask someone to alter the way they work, simply because you want to oversee part of it.
- If you micromanage too much, people will become wary of your management skills and that will have a very negative effect on your relationship with your staff members. If you annoy them too much by interfering, they simply won’t respect your management decisions.
- Worst case scenario is that your staff will start to depend on your micromanagement for everything and this doesn’t make for an efficient workforce. You must also remember that just because you want to do something a certain way, that doesn’t make it the best or most efficient method to use.
- One of the biggest drawbacks to micromanagement is that you’re not concentrating on what you should be doing. You are there to run the company, not involve yourself in every day tasks.
It can be hard not to involve yourself, but if you want your business to succeed, you must allow others to do what you pay them for. There a few ways you can see what is happening and have confidence that your business is going in the right direction.
Standard operating procedures
Many businesses overlook these, but they can prove to be invaluable and are a good way to prevent managers from being tempted to micromanage.
Some jobs require these more than others, but if these are in place, it means everyone is working to the same standard.
Standard operating procedures mean that everyone who is doing the same job, uses the same method and procedures to carry it out. It can take some time to finalise the best procedure to use, as you need to make sure that it’s the most efficient method too.
If you know that you have these procedures are in place, and that they are being followed, there is no reason for you to involve yourself in how these jobs are being carried out. We use SweetProcess to store all of our S.O.P’s so that anyone can step in and do a job if someone is ill, or on leave.
Communication is an important factor in any business, and if carried out correctly it can build up trust between employees and employers. The days of sending out a monthly newsletter are long gone: communication is far more advanced now.
Whether you use outside contractors or in-house staff, you can connect to them using simple communication tools, and these tools will give you the confidence you need that you don’t need to interfere.
Skype, Slack and Hangouts are just three of the options available to you. These are all free to use for group communication, but you can upgrade them if you wish to use all of the services they offer. You can set up group chats so that you can keep your staff informed of any changes or problems, and they can feed back any issues they are having too.
This is a very effective method of resolving all issues and in helping everyone to find out what others are doing, so you do not need to involve yourself in the day to day running of the company,
Work Management Tools
Another way to relax while others help you build your business, is the use of work management tools.
These tools offer lots of handy functions to help you keep control without micromanaging. They can be used to create projects and jobs can be assigned to people. Staff can then pick these jobs up and as they complete them, they mark them as done. If they have any issues with them, they can feed this back so that the right person can advise them how to proceed.
Your managers can use these tools to create projects and you can be copied in so you can see how everything is progressing without interfering.
Micromanaging means you are not concentrating your efforts where they need to be. Learn to trust your team as much as you can and you will find your business continues to grow.