Ask employees who leave their jobs what drives them to quit, and you’ll often hear them point to the fact that they could no longer stand their micromanaging bosses. Now, in some cases, micromanaging is a result of stubbornness coupled with a glaring belief that you are, in fact, always right. But sometimes, micromanagement stems from more innocent factors. Maybe you’re just a nervous person by nature, and that manifests in breathing down your workers’ necks. Or maybe you’re just so eager to please your own boss that you inadvertently make your employees miserable.
No matter your reason for micromanaging, it’s a habit you’ll want to kick as soon as possible — before your employees quit on you and you get a reputation as that boss nobody wants to work for. Here are a few steps you can take that’ll make you less likely to micromanage.
1. Do a better job of training your employees
The reason you consistently micromanage your team could be that you feel that your employees are ill-equipped to do well on their own. But if that’s the case, bringing them up to speed is on you, and you’ll need to invest some time into training them so they’re capable of working solo. Assess your employees on an individual basis, figure out what