Over the years I have had many managers. Some were fantastic, others not so much. I imagine you have likely had similar experiences. Whether you are looking for a new job or perhaps in management now, it’s essential to know what makes a good boss. That cliched quote, “You don’t leave a job, you leave a bad manager” had to come from somewhere right?
Ever wonder why some people love a manager and other’s cant stand working for them? One strong possibility is that their personalities were at odds. My experience has been if I work for someone who is a huge micromanager, I feel like they don’t trust me. To be honest, most people are probably not going to love working for a micromanager, unless they are also of that mindset. For many people, if their manager is constantly checking up on them and asking a million questions, doing all the work themselves, it is unmotivating.
Working for a Micromanager
If you work for a boss that won’t let you do anything on your own, there are a few things you can try to help the situation. According to Forbes, understanding them is key. If you can figure out why they are the way they are, you can take a step forward in making them trust you. The article also suggests taking on projects you will be good at to help them see your value. In the the end, it may just be a good idea to find another role. Depending on how Senior the manager is, they probably aren’t’ going to change and you may make yourself miserable trying.
Managers, if you feel like you find it hard to trust your employees, recognize that this is not a great way to build morale. As a manager part of your job is to create an environment that lets your employees thrive and reach their best potential. Your mistrust is going to lower morale and stifle productivity.
The good news is that you can change! Start small, with one project you can delegate to a member of your team instead of taking it on for yourself. I had one experience where the manager of the group was working like crazy and I literally had nothing to do! I asked several times for ways I could help her and she just wouldn’t delegate. Not only did it leave me completely unmotivated, she was overworked. Business Week lists six ways you can leave your untrusting ways behind and become the manager your employees need.
At the end of the day, it’s all about trust and communication. Most people want to do a good job, so trust them to do it. If they don’t meet your expectations, give them real and constructive feedback to help them improve. This will not only help your employees, it will help you by building a strong team that you can delegate to.
Have a story about a bad boss that you are dealing with? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to hear how you handled it!