You’ve heard of the Boss Baby. But there’s something worse than having an infant tell you what to do: having your boss treat you like an infant.
Any management book will warn supervisors against overseeing their teams too closely. Learn to delegate, they all advise. Share responsibility.
Yet, micromanagement remains rampant in almost every company. It’s annoying and it’s often counterproductive. But it can be hard for a manager to avoid. After all, the boss’s career gets judged by other people’s work. They have a vested interest in everything turning out perfect.
So, how do you convince your boss to back off? How do you let them know they can let go and stop babying you? Here are five steps you can take to minimize their interference:
Find ways to build your boss’s confidence in your abilities. Look for projects you can propose or responsibilities you can take on. Over time, your boss will start to see you as more of a partner and less of an underling.
Also, a closer working relationship (while initially probably annoying) will eventually lead to better chemistry between the two of you. Hopefully, this will strengthen the sense of trust and cooperation.
Figure out what a project needs or what your boss might ask for before you get issued instructions. Then, you can complete tasks before your boss even knows what’s happening, allowing you to get the job done with minimal interference.
With the finished product already on their desk, the boss will have trouble nitpicking you about the details. Hopefully, over time, doing a good job on these self-directed assignments will further foster the overall sense of trust
Build a Relationship
A personal relationship can go a long way in making a more effective business collaboration. Find ways to connect with your boss on a more personal level.
Make them see you more as a person and less as a sidekick. Then, they might give you a little leeway. At the very least, a closer relationship will make interactions more pleasant, which can take the edge off the micromanagement.
Figure out the Main Concern
Sometimes micromanagement comes as a result of a personality quirk – your boss just can’t help it. Other times, a specific worry has motivated the behavior. Look for clues to figure out which one it is.
If the behavior comes from a personality issue, there’s not much you can do. But if there’s a particular concern, you can find ways to alleviate the worry.
Get Some Distance
It’s the old breakup apology: It’s not you, it’s me. In this case, it might not be you. It might be your boss.
The micromanagement might stem from a deep-seated personality trait. In that case, building trust and developing a relationship might make things go more smoothly (or at least make the day pass more pleasantly), but it won’t end the constant oversight.
In this case, your only option might be to escape. That doesn’t necessarily mean a different job. There are plenty of ways to put space between you and your needling boss.
Look to work from home at least some of the time. Take advantage of a flexible scheduling system to come in early or leave late, allowing you to work for a few hours when your boss isn’t in the office. Ask for a transfer.
In extreme cases, it might be time to move on to another opportunity. Working with a staffing firm can make that transition quick and easy. Top-flight recruiters, like DHR, can place you in a company that nurtures your talents and appreciates what you bring to the table.
Contact DHR today to learn more.