Micromanagement can become a great source of demotivation for your team. When employees are micro managed, they feel like they are not trusted enough to do the work which leads to a serious decrease in their productivity. Even while knowing this fact, it can be very difficult for managers and supervisors to let go of their micro management habits, especially if they have been practicing it for a long time. While it is not easy to let go, backing off from your employee’s back and letting them be more independent can have more benefits than you think. Here is how you can slowly but surely equip your team to be independent, creative, and reach their highest potential.
Train yourself to limit your supervision
Employees don’t need you to ask about their progress every single day. Truth is, verifying their work every second will not make them go any faster. On the contrary, your employees will feel stressed, drained, and demotivated. After giving your employees the necessary guidelines, make sure you only supervise halfway through their progress (to correct and suggest) and towards the end, when everything is almost finished. This will give you enough time to track mistakes while still giving your employees the freedom to execute the work.
Take baby steps
You do not need to trust your employees with very important projects on the first day. Start by giving them small responsibilities that require minimum supervision. This way, you will build a relationship of trust step by step. Remember, it is not about letting everything go and allowing your employees to do what they want. Instead, it is about trusting them enough to believe that they can learn and grown as time goes by.
Make sure you have spies
You are the one who should let go and trust more. This does not mean that you shouldn’t have other people discretely checking on your employee’s work. Make sure you assign one or two people you trust to look over what needs to be done. It could be your employee’s more experienced colleague, that way they can discretely supervise while working on the same project. Keep in mind that employees may become more defensive if they sense that their colleagues are supervising their work. This is why choosing spies can be delicate. Make sure the spy has nothing to prove and is not competitive. This way, you will avoid situations where one simply feels the urge to call out on the other in order to be seen as the hero.
In order to be able to let go and trust your employees, you first need to relax and understand that nothing is fully under control. Find out what works best for you; maybe you could play some lounge music in your office, take small breaks, drink tea, or more. It is all about finding the right balance that will keep you on your toes while still allowing you to breathe.
Know your employees
Each employee is different and has unique strength and abilities. You will naturally trust some employees more than others and that is normal. Take the time to know each employee’s strengths and make sure their assignments match their strongest capabilities. That way, you will be able to sit down and relax more, knowing that your projects are in the best hands. It will also create a more friendly environment where your employees feel like their qualifications are valued, appreciated, and put to proper use.
Most importantly, do not forget to see your employees as people who are eager to learn how they can contribute to your company. Do not discourage them by over managing.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints