11. Ten ways people micromanage without realizing it:
- Constantly come into your office, look at things over your shoulder and move things around.
- Ask or tell you more about the how than the what or the why.
- Insist on approving work after you’ve finished, even when you’ve proved that your work consistently is better than their expectations.
- Ask you about details they don’t much care about.
- Tell you so many details that they interfere with your work.
- Ask someone else to do part of your responsibilities without telling you first.
- Create a mission or vision or values statement and evaluate you on how well you match up to their ideals, rather than how well you benefit the company by embodying your own ideals.
- Measure the hours you work and whether you’ve accomplished a list of tasks, rather than the results, benefits and advantages of what you accomplish.
- Measure revenue instead of profits, and/or short-term results but not long-term results.
- Create crisis situations where ‘it has to be done yesterday,’ or assume that because work isn’t being done, they’re ‘the only one who notices this problem!’
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