Micromanaging employees can be detrimental to your business in many ways. It often hurts morale, reduces productivity and can ultimately drive a wedge between you and your employees. In the long run, this can be disastrous to your company culture. If you find yourself micromanaging, here are some tips for stopping.
Hire the Right People
You could make the argument that hiring the right people would eliminate or at least reduce the need to micromanage in the first place. If your employees are qualified and possess the necessary knowledge and skills, there’s really no need to scrutinize every aspect of their performance.
Be sure to pay close attention to each candidate’s credentials when hiring, and ensure they have the necessary skill set to thrive in their position. It’s also smart to look at their soft skills such as communication and work ethic along with their values to see if they would be a good match for your company.
Provide Adequate Training
One reason some employees don’t succeed is simply because they don’t receive proper training. It’s not realistic to expect someone to thrive when they don’t fully understand the ins and outs of their job. But when they’re equipped with the right knowledge, it allows you to stand back and not feel you have to monitor their every move.
Give Employees Decision-Making Power
It’s really important for your employees to have a voice. This lets them know they’re truly a part of things and makes them feel more empowered. Both of which are instrumental for getting their best efforts and making them more productive. If you struggle with this, start by allowing your employees to make small decisions. As they continue to prove themselves, you can allow them to make bigger and bigger decisions.
Have Employees Hold Each Other Accountable
When an employee is held accountable by their fellow team members, it tends to provide incentive for them to give their best. In many cases, this is even more powerful than being held accountable by a boss or manager. One way to facilitate this type of accountability is to provide periodic anonymous surveys where employees can rate one another’s performance.
Micromanaging can be disruptive to your workplace and marginalize the efforts of your employees. Following these tips should help you “step back” and give your employees a bit more control.
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