We will be discussing how to work, handle, and manage a micromanaging boss without losing your mind. This topic can be very dicey because so many of us have been in such situation, and may still be undergoing this disheartening scenario. Hopefully, this post will help make your work-life less stressful and challenging.
In general, when people try to take control over everything and limit others the chances of being creative, it can be so frustrating. Please keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another, but at least one or two of these tips should help alleviate the situation and give you some light at the end of the tunnel.
1. Are you the problem?
There is no reason why a good boss should make your life miserable at work with consistent probing. We recommend to start with you. Just be certain that you meet up with your timelines and deadlines. Do you do your job effectively? Has your boss complained about your productivity more than once? If that is the case, then you may want to make out new strategies to be the best you can be at work. If not, then the problem is not from you.
There are certain other reasons why some bosses can be annoyingly micromanaging:
- He or she is not a great boss/ manager. Many times people are promoted based on high performance. It doesn’t necessarily make them great leaders
- Insecurity, fear, and or lack of experience on the job is another factor
- He/ she may have less work to do and hence has more time to micromanage you
- He/ she could be a perfectionist. It’s just sad that no matter how hard you try, your boss may want it his/her own way
2. Keep your boss updated
Micromanaging people want to be in control of everything and they want to know everything possible. So take advantage of this and try to keep them updated on your projects going on via emails or one on one. This will act as a distraction and keep them away from consistently disturbing you at intervals since you’ll be providing him/ her with updates. This way you will take away some control from him/ her.
3. Keep your boss busy
Keeping your boss busy is another way of diverting his/her attention from you and giving you some space to do your work. Involve your boss in projects you may have challenges with and follow up with him/her.
Doing this will create the impression that your boss is in charge and help make your work easier. Ensure that you follow up on any project you reassigned to him/her so that you can meet up with deadlines and not fall behind.
4. Anticipate what your boss wants
In most cases, you already know what your boss wants to be done, but he/she isn’t aware because as always he/she wants to be in control or remind you incessantly. So anticipate the task, do it before hand, and report to your boss.
Chances are that the more you keep doing this, over time your boss will reduce the frequent reminders and check-ins. Your boss will also realize that you are up to the task and reliable.
5. Talk it through and build trust
This may seem very difficult to pull through considering the type of person you have as a boss and the fact that you don’t want to risk your job. But if you can schedule a meeting it may be beneficial to you.
Present the matter this way: “While I handle this assignment, I think it will be a great idea to schedule out days for a brief chat to touch base on the project, necessary changes and other issues that may come up. That way, we’ll effectively communicate. What are your thoughts?” It’s always nice to start small in some cases like this with someone who has micromanaging tendencies.
You want to make sure that you finish this project well before time if you come to a mutual agreement. If you are given the opportunity, thank your boss for the learning experience, and depending on how you handled the project your boss’ management style may improve. This should help you build trust which may be lacking from your boss’ end. Once you can safely build trust your boss will let you be after some time hopefully.
It is certainly not easy to change your boss’ personality type or management style but with some effort, patience, and consistency you may succeed in one way or the other. Hopefully, a change of job is not your final resort because many people quit jobs as a result of bad management.
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