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Communication Who's In Charge? Micromanagement

As part of managing, I drop by my employees’ workstations and see how they are doing at least once a day. One of my new employees told me that she does not like this micromanaging and she would rather meet formally. How does this strike you?

She might be a new employee, but there is nothing new about managers dropping by to see how things are going. In fact, this is an important part of management, and a much larger problem exists when managers fail to do this. There is no question that you should have formal meetings with your employees, but such meetings should be in addition to these informal visits.

By wandering around and meeting with employees on their turf, managers are able to do more communicating, observing, and coaching, and these types of steps help build performance and productivity. The way that you describe your presence in your employees’ work areas does not sound like micromanaging. If you are constantly hovering over your employees and making every decision for them, that is a different story.

With the passage of time, this employee will hopefully understand the advantages associated with your visibility and accessibility. Unfortunately, there is a slight chance that she does not want you around because she is doing something other than her job. Because of this possibility, as well as the fact that she is a new employee, you should continue to wander and perhaps even wonder.

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