When does “attention to detail” become “micromanagement?”
A friend of mine is a perfectionist and runs a tight ship in his department at a large company. He has a great reputation and his team thinks he’s great.Â Except for one guy, who uses the “M” word every time he has a disagreement with my friend.
Now, I’m a person that hates being managed at all, and micromanagement in particular has a connotation of a nosy boss looking over your shoulder all the time critiquing everything you do and the way that you do it.Â I think people need to be trusted and given latitude to do their job their own way so that it’s satisfying to them and takes advantage of their unique skills and preferences.
On the other hand, it IS necessary for bosses to define objectives and make sure that quality standards are met. In competitive industries, it’s absolutely vital to the company’s success (and even survival) to ensure that employees produce top-notch products and services.
Where do YOU draw the line between attention to detail and micromanagement?
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