Who are Micromanagers? Lets get to know them.
An attitude quite common in our workplace and a fair estimate would be that out every 10 managers, 7 are micromanagers. If by chance you have the opportunity to discuss their behaviour and habit then they would be oblivious of the fact that they micromanage. They would be in total awe and at that moment you would doubt yourself. Well to clear the fog, let’s break down the meaning of a micromanager. The word micromanager gives out the meaning but to further clarify, micromanagers are people who believe that they not only know what work has to be done but how it has to be done. If a manager tells you to design a logo and provides you with a rubric, then onwards your job starts to complete the task as instructed. If the manager goes an extra mile and takes a seat beside you to instruct you which software and which version to use, there onwards a problem starts off.
Now let’s rewind, and understand what these behaviours project of the person micromanaging? There must be some elements and factors which constitute a micromanager which we tend to ignore when we curse them. There are similarities among micromanagers and we will attempt to find those. These findings are highly opinionated thus have no scientific backing but if in future anybody publishes them, then you know where you found those findings in the first place. If they don’t get published, presume this as one of the darts shot in the air.
Now I know it’s quite easy to pick up a psychological jargon to explain something and confuse the audience. For most of the people who do not know, Narcissism is a fancy word for keeping your nose in the air or a person full of himself. Rather defining Narcissism as a personality type, it’s more suited when understood as an inevitable personality element that fluctuates on different occasions in life. I recall in my late teens when I was the youngest driver and had hands on experience of fixing cars thus whenever the topic of cars came up in our gathering, I used to become a monster. My advice was actually a set of instructions which made people feel worthless in their life. The famous moral crusher line, ‘you don’t know this’ or ‘how can you not know this?’.These lines were always on the tip of my tongue. By time, I started to be proven wrong and I took a backfoot and realized maybe I know more but not all. This is only one facet of micromanagers but commonly found. The good part is, we have all been through this and we have not realized it. We have this element of micromanaging in yourself as well and if we identify this here and harness this as an example, you might improve your understanding of our social and workplace settings a bit more.
- When you have deficiency of knowledge but remain oblivious
Well this might seem opposing but in reality micromanagers are not par say incompetent but they have come to a point where they have stopped themselves from learning which in turn causes them to apply their stonage methods. Their methods tried and tested thus they feel more confident with them and endorse them ahead as well. Most people to this day smoke cigarettes and avoid vape because they believe that we don’t have enough studies for vape yet as par say for smoking. The similar thought pattern works here as well where they feel that their method is safe.
Moreover, they have stopped growing as an individual and a person. They prefer the traditional life and I’ll throw in a bonus trait here as well, you will most likely hear from them that when they were born, when they started work or when they studied, the world was at its peak performance. They would keep on saying ‘things were better in our times’. This actually projects their narcissism and on the parallel that they haven’t grown out of their time. They are following the same fashion sense, using an old phone and most probably haven’t taken up any new courses recently. In simple words, they have been rusted.
- When they don’t deserve to be seniors.
Now this might seem very obvious and seen as a common rant as well but beyond that, it’s not a common rant but a reality that we miss out on. Now there are two aspects we should look for in a good senior resource, he has the will to change and move forward. The other aspect is that he loves to teach as well. If the manager loves doing data entry till the level he reached seniority then you have no other option but to see his typing speed when you’re doing a data entry job. He will harness every opportunity to flaunt his entry level skills because he loves doing that process. If he has the will to move forward then a time will come that he will hate data entry. These managers want to stay in their comfort zone. Micromanagers do not love to teach what they know but flaunt what they know. They prove their own self worth by their subordinate’s dependency upon them. A slang used in the workplaces is that they try to save their seat. This perpetual cycle that they are stuck in where they don’t want to grow beyond their comfort zone which in turn discourages them to teach you and further to keep their seat, they prove their worth through flaunting their skills. A senior resource is always on its toes thinking how to develop himself and move beyond.
- They love putting out every small detail to put you down.
They had saved the best for the last. They love pointing out small meaningless details to keep themselves satisfied. If your manager asks you which font and size to use then know he has an issue within himself rather than waste your time finding a problem in yourself. They project themselves as perfectionists but in reality they feel insecure for all of the reasons above mentioned and they find their self worth through these attempts. Now why do they do this after all? They are anxious about their future and want to secure it through these cheap tactics they play. They don’t have the guts to work in the dark and trust the universe that it will reward them for what they do. The root cause is their anxiety that it drives them to point mistakes and feel good about it.
These people will remain a part of our workforce and might remain our bosses for a very long time as well. The most reasonable advice from your subordinates must be to look up upward management. Don’t ever fall for this trap, in my opinion upward management is a fancy way to say put up with worse things in the workplace as well. Never settle for misery and always speak up regarding an issue because no one will pay for your mental health cost when your boss takes a toll on your mental health. If possible, gather up the guts to send this article to someone who you feel micromanages you.