When we use the phrase “micromanaging” we’re usually visualising someone who should have their eyes on the big picture, but is fussing over small details. The term carries a highly negative connotation of an ineffective leader, more concerned with obsessing over details rather than what’s going on in the big picture.
While this may be true in some cases, some of the most effective leaders are ones who can ‘zoom in and zoom out’ having their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in their company.
Make sure you are aware of what’s happening.
While of course you have trust in your employees, as the person in charge it’s better to be connected into what’s happening beneath you than not. This is especially the case for those at the very top, who have a lot staked in the success of the business.
Employees need to know you trust them.
Micromanaging, when done correctly, is not a matter of wielding control. Managers who lose the trust of their employees by paying close attention do so because they are communicating that they do not think the employee is capable of doing their job without someone to look over their shoulder. Worse, these employees could even interpret the attention as a feeble need to wield authority. You are not there to nitpick.
This is why communication and demonstration of your intentions is key. If your employees understand that you’re not there to nitpick what they’re doing, but simply ensuring that things are going smoothly, you’ll be keeping tabs on things without killing morale.
Benefits of micromanaging.
The benefits micromanaging approach are many. Keeping your hand on the pulse of your business means that you can count on the necessary work getting done while your workers won’t feel you breathing down their necks. When the time comes to new initiatives, you’ll have a picture of where things will fit into your employees’ existing workload.
Your face around the office will be a constant reminder that no matter how high up the ladder you might be, you’re keenly aware of the company’s comings and goings. This means knowing the work to be done and how it’s happening, not whether every employee is using the right amount of paper clips.