5 ways of dealing with the micromanaging boss from hell

A controlling boss or manager is usually number one on the list of ‘things that make [name] hate their job’. Being on the receiving end of a micromanaging boss is like experiencing the grudge match between teenage angst and parents all over again.

Feeling of frustration, embarrassment and despondency re-surface from the hole you buried them in around a decade over.

It often feels like your boss doesn’t trust your progressional strengths leading to demotivation, a decrease in efficiency and, ironically, a red-flag being thrown up that requires some managing. It’s a vicious cycle that, usually, doesn’t benefit either the employer or the employee.

The micromanager can be dealt with, however. After all, they are only a person. Check out these top five ways of dealing with the micromanaging boss as according to the Economic Times.

1. Empathy

Try and put yourself in the shoes of your boss. They might be under even larger pressure from above causing them to inadvertently micromanage your work to ensure that they don’t get called up on any mistakes. Don’t judge too harshly and try to identify when it is micromanaging for the sake of it and when they’re trying to save their own skin (and therefore yours).

2. Frequent updates

If you find that your boss is constantly checking up on you, don’t give them a reason to. Give them daily updates of what you’re up to and build some trust so they don’t feel obligated to see how you’re getting on.

3. Lay down your deliverables

“A common cause for a boss micromanaging team members is the fear of not getting the right amount of work done.” Open a dialogue between your boss and yourself about what they expect and how much you can realistically do.

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4. Be sincere

Micromanaging is fuelled by laziness so if you don’t give your boss an excuse to back-seat drive you, they won’t. Respect protocol and try to be as hands on with the work as you can.

5. Offer some feedback

If you feel on the brink of breaking point, speak to your boss about their behaviour. Frame your points with respect but assure them that you are capable of doing your job without supervision.

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