Having a friendly supportive business relationship with your boss lays out at least 50% of success in your career. But not all of us get that lucky. If your boss is constantly asking you questions or checking up on your progress several times a day, then there is a high chance that he or she is very much into micromanagement.
Micromanaging bosses like control and struggle with delegating responsibilities. That, however, doesn’t mean you should quit tomorrow. You can definitely change how you approach them and upgrade your relationship for career benefit using the next five tips.
1. Analyze your progress. Do you show up late? Miss deadlines? Spend half a day near the coffee machine chatting to colleagues instead of working? Don’t get offended, but there is no smoke without a fire. Starting changing yourself. It’s the least pleasant but the most effective way to change the current situation. Your boss might be irritated by your low productivity and poor results which might be causing the intensified pressure he or she’s putting on you. And let’s be honest – a manager has a full right to demand effectiveness from the employees. So go ahead and think about your latest progress. If it’s bad, you have to level up your game. If it’s good, read further.
2. Send updates before he/she asks for them. Present yourself as a responsible and detail-oriented coworker. Pull together a report outlining what you have accomplished the day before and what you plan on doing today. This way your boss will be aware of your daily activities and won’t be bothering you and checking up on you. Writing reports on a daily basis can also boost your personal productivity and the feeling of accomplishment.
3. Use empathy. You don’t know the exact reason why your manager is that much into controlling everything. The previous business relationships and failures might be to blame. What if your boss was doing your job all by himself or herself before you came and it’s the first time he or she’s delegating it to you? What if your boss has already failed in the previous projects and doesn’t want to fail again? Talk more to him or her, find out about their previous jobs and companies. Learn what happened and predict what they might be afraid of that is causing them to micromanage now. This will help you “get into their shoes”. Your manager is just another non-perfect human, with a beating heart full of feelings.
4. Verbalize it! One-on-one meetings weren’t created for managers only. In fact, this is that magic time when your manager expects you to take charge in the conversation and be open. It’s the precious time to talk about your feelings and share opinions. Don’t be aggressive or too emotional though. You want to remain in this company after the one-on-one. Choose the right moment when your boss is calm and relaxed. Another tip is to use your boss’s words. It is a psychological trick just like nodding or mirroring body position. Use their vocabulary so that both of you feel like you’re on the same page.
5. Become your own boss. If the relationship with your boss hasn’t moved any further after you have tried everything on the list, it’s a high time to consider calling it quits. If the manager is the only thing that stops you from upgrading your career, you shouldn’t waste any more time in this company. It’s just not worth it. Hard-working hustlers are in high demand all over the globe. There is nothing to be afraid of in looking for a new place where you won’t have to fight somebody instead of working.
And if you’re at that point in your life, when you feel that you can start your own business, then you can become your own boss. Many women all over the world are starting their own businesses. The numbers are inspiring. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners there are 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the USA, employing 7.9 million employees and generating $1.4 trillion in sales. We don’t encourage you to burn all the bridges. But who else will work for your own benefit if not you?
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