Why Micromanaging Sucks BIG Time

It is not uncommon for management styles to change to accommodate the changing market. During the pandemic, managers and executives used the opportunity to revise their business strategy to keep up production and sales. Some have made a breakthrough in providing employees with a flexible work setup and extra benefits to help them adapt to the changes.

However, others took to micromanaging because they believed it would help them get things back under control and ensure that the company survives. But, several studies show that micromanagement does the opposite and can cause a business to collapse if it is not corrected immediately.

Here are 5 significant reasons why micromanaging your business sucks and why you shouldn’t do it:

1) It Affects Productivity

When a manager or an employer constantly watches their employees’ every action, it can cause employees to develop paranoia and disable them from working independently. Managers who micromanage also spend a lot of time adjusting employee tasks, which disables employees to respond quickly when given a task.

2) It Disables Innovation

Micromanagement also hampers innovation within the workspace because employees feel like their managers would always criticize their work and say their ideas are flawed. In this environment, even if the idea has merit, employees will not stand up to push for their initiative. As a result, the business cannot apply new ways to adapt to the current status of the industry and resolve new issues that may occur. 

3) It Lowers Employee Morale

Employees highly value their autonomy from their employers or managers when they work. However, if the employee cannot make their own decisions without approval, they will slowly lose their drive to help the company move forward, and if it persists, they will stop caring altogether. The effect of low employee morale will be seen in their engagement levels and their productivity.

4) It Causes High Staff Turnover

Because of how stifling micromanagement is for employees, many will quit, even if they love their position and the company they are in. For these employees, it is better to find work elsewhere than to work with prison-like conditions and have little room for career growth.

5) It Affects Employee Trust

Finally, employees would lose their trust in the company if they were micromanaged. As mentioned above, employees would feel like they are constantly monitored, and any attempt to innovate would be immediately stamped down. They will also see you as an oppressive company and not recommend others to work for you.

As an employer or manager, you must help create a healthy workspace for all your employees to do their best. You should also be there for them to provide support and recognize their efforts. If you micromanage your team, it will only cause discord between you and your employees, and they will not hesitate to show you their discontent. For everyone in the company or business to grow, building trust and pushing each other to do their best is essential.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Monch Weller says:

    Unfortunately, such a relic of old-school management systems will never disappear entirely. On one hand, there remain managers who still insist on micromanaging people as they’ve been stuck in that; can’t teach an old dog new tricks. On the other hand, there are employees who unfortunately cheat about their productivity.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I would think that the employees who are cheating regarding their productivity will be found out eventually.

      How can they not, if the work they claim to be doing is not reflected anywhere?


  2. Dragthepen says:

    Micromanage not only sucks but it robs people of their creativity freedom and flow.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Sheree says:

    I so used to hate working for micromanagers

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      I totally hate working for micromanagers. They suck my creativity dry.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sheree says:

        Absolutely Kally, nothing worse!


  4. newwhitebear says:

    Your suggestions are always useful

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you 🙏 so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I also dislike micromanaging. It takes up a lot of time, and I would rather work with team members who can work independently.

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  6. I agree wholeheartedly. Another pet peeve of mine are supervisors and/or employees who cc’s everyone instead of just the employee who needs to be e-mailed. I can’t stand that. We’re all adults and unless you’re working with others some type of team project, it is unnecessary and annoying.


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