I’m sure most of you micro manage yourself at times, I know I do but being micro managed in your job is sheer hell. You can’t do anything your way, can’t even get up and go to the rest room without an explanation and it clearly prohibits creativity and productivity in a work environment. Some may call these managers control freaks and sadly that is a trait that is very hard to get rid of. I’m not suggesting you suck up to them but it does take a few tricks to get them off your case and try and get yourself some space to save your sanity.
Tips on how to deal with a micromanager
A simple article could never solve all your problems and there are a million different kinds of micromanagers too but maybe these tips can give you a little help or get you thinking how to deal with your specific situation.
Move your working hours - One of the simplest ways to deal with a micromanager is to not be around them. If there is anyway you can go above their head and amend your working hours an hour or two in either direction this may give you the space you need to breath and get their work done in half the time without them halting the process.
Find out what they want - Although micromanagers are not all meaning to be bullies they often have some kind of complex much like bullies. Maybe they fear they may lose their job if they don’t appear to be single handedly holding the company up, maybe they genuinely believe the cards will fall if they don’t keep an eye on them. Whatever it is working out the issue could help you to adjust your habits to work with their micro forces rather than against them making life a whole lot easier for you.
Ignore them and do the tasks your way - If you can get the job done that they want then simply agreeing with their instructions and then ignoring what they said, ignoring emails, phone calls etc until the task is done may help you show that they don’t have to watch you like a baby. It may infuriate them too but it’s hard for them to take action if the job has been done to a satisfactory level.
Get to know their superior - Most micromanagers are not at the very top of the ladder so it helps to get buddy buddy with the person who sits above them. This may seem scheming but they may well back off when they see you are not afraid to climb above them.
Deliver things early – I know this is easy for me to say but often the stress of being micro managed slows down your work as much as the interruptions. Take a deep breath and look at it from an overall standpoint then just buckle down and get the jobs done early as often as you can. Don’t accept extra tasks and if you have to pretend you are still busy with the actual task at hand and hand it in just shortly before deadline. Hopefully you can grab a little breathing space here and relieve the stress even more.
I find I cope with these kinds of situations by just laughing at them. People who need to try and be so on others case all the time are just crazy and by third personing myself from the situation I find it greatly reduces stress and I can just get my job done. Let them go crazy micromanaging and remember it doesn’t matter at the end of the day.
I would love to hear from you and any tips you have regarding how to deal with a micromanager.