I used to work for a boss that needed updates and full control over every situation, and in the end, it cost the company. Every employee left within a few years, and none of the original employees stayed. It undermined confidence and growth in the individuals.
So, if you’re reporting to a micromanager, but love your job, how do you deal with the situation without losing your confidence?
First, take a thorough evaluation of your situation. Are you doing everything you can to not be micromanaged? Are you delivering projects on time? Are they complete? Have you done your best? Make sure there isn’t a reason you need to have hands on management.
Open up communication with him/her. Have you approached the situation in a positive manner? Check in and see how you can fine tune your productivity to match their expectations, therefore, eliminating the need for control by your manager.
Make sure you are both on the same page. In order to provide quality work, you need to be clear concerning your boss’s management style and communication. Make sure you’re flexible to support the companies needs. Ask for some leeway and offer to update them concerning projects.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about the balance between your need for freedom and the manager’s need for data and involvement. Take a positive approach to line up both of your needs and wants to create a win-win situation. If after some time has passed, you’re still struggling, it might be time to update your resume and look for a new position. Sometimes the situation can’t be fixed and if it’s weighing on your emotional well being then it’s time to leave.