Few of us that have worked for/with micromanagers have enjoyed the experience.
Here are some of the attributes of micromanagers:
- They feel they have to control or be involved in every step of the process.
- They tend to layer reporting requirements on top of already onerous production challenges.
- They often perseverate on the wrong metrics, the micro (and less consequential) stuff, mostly because that's the stuff that's easiest to measure.
- They regularly "burn up" way too much time in called meetings or ad hoc conversations in which they're drilling for information/data that is procurable without pulling the worker bees off task.
- They believe permission trumps production (thus progress).
What kind of employees do micromanagers lose?
- Those who prefer to create and innovate in pursuit of a noble cause.
- Talented team players (who usually drift away quietly).
- Those who care about and prefer to pursue the big picture stuff, not the minutiae.
Maybe it is a dirty word after all.