How Micromanaging Can Negatively Affect Your Employees

I think we can all agree that starting a business is one thing, but managing staff is another. Depending on your leadership style, you might be considered as a micromanager. Although some employees may require some extra attention, most don’t want to feel smothered by their boss. Today, we will discover how micromanaging can negatively affect your employees.  Business owner micromanaging an employee

How Micromanaging Can Negatively Affect Your Employees

Micromanagement is defined as a management style where a manager closely observes and/or controls the work of his/her subordinates or employees. Micromanaging has a negative connotation which typically leads to detrimental employee engagement.

Employees who respond negatively to micromanaging tend to feel criticized constantly, think they cannot do anything correctly, and eventually stop trying overall. Before you know it, productive employees lose their motivation, initiative, and their productivity is down the drain.

If not addressed early on, you will find some of your best employees leaving the company and finding another job just for peace of mind.

Micromanagers expect employees to be able to read their minds and that leads to employees feeling like failures because they’re not mind readers.”   – Harry Chambers

Effects of Micromanagement in the Workplace

The effects of micromanagement on employees often go unspoken because employees aren’t given a chance to explain when something goes wrong and feel uncomfortable communicating or approaching their boss for fear of losing their job. Here are some standard effects of micromanagement in the workplace:

  1. Lack of Confidence
  2. Need for Appreciation
  3. Stress
  4. Health Issues
  5. Fatigue from overworking.

Moving Forward

Now that you have this information, you will need to turn and look at how you are currently managing your small business. Moving forward, it is up to you to be the kind of boss you would want to have. If you treat your staff with respect and allow them to work, they will have a greater sense of loyalty to both you and the business.

However, while we can’t help with staff management or stand behind you telling you to back off, we can assist with your tax compliance. Without specific forms being filed with the IRS you will no longer have a business or employees to manage. So for all things tax related think “TaxBandits!” From quarterly 941 Forms to W-2s and 1099s, we have your back. Manager leading a positive discussion with staff members

We hope that you found this blog helpful and we encourage you to share this with your fellow small business owners. Trust us when we say you are probably not the only one. You care a lot about your business, so it is understandable that you want to know what is going on. However, let’s face facts, you can’t do everything. Take a step back and place your trust in your manager and staff members.

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