It is precisely what it sounds like; someone trying to personally control and monitor everything in a team, situation, or place. The person who carries out the micro-managing is called a micromanager.
These individuals needlessly and unnecessarily complicate and lengthen tasks while at the same time often frustrating team members because of their over-management and over-scrutinization. This often happens when the person feels as if their job is on the line or a perfectionist.
According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, employees who feel that they are being micromanaged perform at a much lower level. In another study, published in the “Progress Principle,” by Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile and psychologist Steven Kramer, micromanagement “stifles creativity and productivity in the long run.”
While micromanagement may not seem like a big deal as individual instances, it can become extremely toxic and it’s important that managers at all levels understand just how bad it really is.
Here is a closer look at the top three negative impacts on employees:
Written by Amelia Ramjarrie