Busting Micromanagers with Communication
No one likes being micromanaged. Aside from being stressful and demoralizing, it’s profoundly unproductive. Most micromanagement is based on a manager's anxiety. Uncertainty and apprehension about the success of a project and the way it will reflect on them is often the root of micromanaging. If your supervisor is prone to hovering, being proactive with your communication can short-circuit the cycle. Be clear about when you will do what you have been assigned and regularly check in with progress updates–even if it’s to say that you’re in a holding pattern. After a project is completed, having a brief post-mortem to discuss what worked and what didn’t can help improve the process for next time.