1 Micromanagement Effects in the Workplace Linda Castillo English Department - Southern New Hampshire University ENG_123_R6018 English Composition II 20EW6 Dr. Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr. August 16, 2020
2 Some managers feel they must exert tight control over every area in their employee’s work, which can have a very negative impact on the employee(s). A manager can argue that in overseeing all the details, work will be accomplished to a more perfect degree and with an increase in production. It is my intent to refute that assumption, based on research of this topic. Many have found that micromanagement overall and constant oversight actually decreases production. An additional goal with this essay would be to assist managers in understanding the drawbacks of micromanaging with literature supporting that stance, and provide some alternatives. This essay supports the notion the more a manager tries to control an employee’s work, the less effective the outcome will be. Otherwise stated, an employee’s productivity is inversely proportional to the amount of control exerted by a manager. The work environment can be very stressful, especially in this current time of a global pandemic. We as a society must now rely more on online and technologically driven meetings such as Zoom or Skype. When we rely more on online meetings, with less direct social interaction, we have to adapt to the new work environment without social interaction we all need. These changes can be a cause of stress and must be minimised as much as possible. One way to control stress is to track the causes and learn methods to develop healthy responses to stress. Examples of adaptation might be to not being so quick to react; another way might be to establish boundaries. This could be accomplished by taking a break or a brief change to low stress activities to recharge. Changing to a low stress activity or even a short time out before starting another work assignment allows for the opportunity to be renewed and refreshed.
3 The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines micromanaging as (1) “...a management style that involves managers exercising control over team members, teams, and organizations, particularly in relation to the minutiae or minor details of day-to-day operations." While there is no single reason why some managers may choose to micromanage, many micro managers exhibit similar behavioral traits, a consequence of perfectionism and/or underlying insecurities (6). Many times while micromanagers are focusing on perfection and details, they often are blinded to the fact that their working style over time leads to reductions in staff morale, creativity, and productivity; and increases in staff turnover.