Most people don’t enjoy having someone watch over their shoulder when they’re trying to work. But many managers do just that—and not with bad intentions. They want to make sure their employees are performing their jobs correctly so they can put the company in the best possible position for success. But there’s a downside. And it can de-motivate your employees and make them resentful. Here’s how your employees feel when you micromanage them.

They’re stressed out

No one works well when someone is constantly overseeing their every task, criticizing, judging, making suggestions, or just taking over the work completely. Genuine compliments and occasional constructive feedback is good, but too much management and nitpicking will just stress out your employees. They’ll be constantly anxious when you enter the room, worried you’re about to change their work or stunt their progress.

They’re intimidated

New employees especially will be intimidated when you micromanage their work. Your seniority will make them nervous, and they won’t feel free to suggest new ideas or test out innovations without the big boss shooting them down.

They get resentful

Eventually, your presence and your oversight will start to frustrate them and might even make them angry. They’ll feel like you don’t trust them and that you doubt their abilities. Instead you want to build them up and empower them to perform well enough to help propel your company into sustainable growth.

They disengage

Sometimes you’ll get that rare employee who knows you’re watching with a super close eye, and it’ll motivate them. They’ll step up and go the extra mile to try to prove to you that they were a good hire or that they’re among your top performers. If that happens, great. But most employees will eventually disengage. Knowing that you’re always going to have the final say in their work, they won’t feel much ownership over it. If you’re inspecting and instructing and picking it apart, the final product will feel more like your work than theirs. And then you’ll have an employee who’s just going through the motions, unconcerned with the quality of the work and recognizing that their efforts have very little impact on the well-being of the company.

They’ll look for new challenges

Once you have employees who are disengaged from their work and responsibilities, they’ll be unhappy and bored, turning up for a paycheck, but generally unsatisfied with their jobs. This is the point when people start to look for another job. They need something that’s stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. If they don’t feel they’re adding value or making contributions at your organization, they’ll leave.

Give your employees the freedom and space to tackle new projects, take on new responsibilities, and make mistakes. It’s good for morale and helps your employees feel respected and valued. For more tips on developing and empowering your employees, contact the experts at Focus of Georgia!


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