Have you ever been micro-managed when you had the competencies to perform the task at hand? How did it make you feel? The effects of micromanagement to a company culture can be disastrous. You have heard it said that people don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad bosses. There is so much emphasis from executives to train on productivity and on delivering results, without putting enough emphasis on leadership.
No matter how great your product or service. No matter how great your marketing plan, if your management is dysfunctional, you will have problems. It might not happen at first, but if your leadership structure is not based on the development of your employees, your success will only go so far.
Here are the Effects of MicroManagement (Infographic) in a company and the signs that you are a MicroManager:
1) Micromanagement restricts development of your team. When you are constantly telling them what they need to do, they don’t get a chance to learn for themselves.
2) No matter how great your ideas, you cannot deny the power of combining the minds and creativity of many. If you are making up all the rules and steps, you are limiting the achievement of your team.
3) When MicroManagers need to be involved in all the major or even minor steps, productivity suffers.
4) A learning process with tolerances for failure, for innovation and operational excellence creates a culture of performance. If this operational excellence mindset is not in place, innovation gets stifled.
5) When Employees are not trusted to achieve success without being micromanaged, employee engagement suffers. One of the great ways to achieve employee engagement is to ensure that development is part of the culture. Employees feel engaged when they feel they are being challenged and are enhancing their skills. This is extremely difficult with micromanagers.
6) With all the above 5 consequences, it is no wonder that turnover rates increase in a culture of directive management.
What other consequences happen with a leader that micromanages? Have you ever been in this type of environment?