How to Avoid Micromanagement When Delegating

Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

In this lesson, learn how micromanaging can actually prevent you and your team from growing and reaching the next level in business success. We'll discuss how you can let your team grow independently from you.


Ever had someone micromanage you? A micromanager likes to control every aspect of a particular project, down to the last detail. Even if this type of manager has a capable team, he or she can't or won't let the team reach its full potential. Employees typically hate this treatment and even those that excel get fed up quick.

For example, Fred is a manager at a warehouse who watches and dictates every single move of his workers. When a Jane begins the day, he is there behind her, watching to make sure she turns on the machine correctly. Even though Jane has turned on the machine successfully for the three months, Fred still blurts out little steps she needs to take to turn the machine on properly.

Some managers feel that if they don't micromanage, then the employees won't do things correctly. If you find yourself fitting into this role, it's time to change.


Learn how to delegate, or give the responsibility of finishing a task to someone else. Many top managers become leaders that know how to delegate well. This doesn't mean you have to delegate all your responsibility to others, just where you can to someone who is qualified to take care of the task.

It also doesn't mean that you never check back on them. To delegate properly, you hand out the task and then you set up checkpoints to make sure the task is on schedule and is being done correctly.

For example, say Donnie is the manager of a dog walking business. Because the business is growing, he decides to delegate the task of updating dog owners to a responsible employee. He sets up checkpoints along the way though so both he and the employee will know that things are being taken care of as planned.

At lunchtime, he asks the employee to give a summary of the morning's walks. He also asks to know when all walks have been updated for the day when the employee is getting ready to head home.

Disadvantages of Micromanagement

When you delegate, it frees up your time to take care of other matters related to growing your business. When you micromanage, all your time is tied up into the operations of the business instead of the bigger issues facing your company. Skilled employees are not fully utilized and begin to doubt their own abilities and lose trust. They may begin relying on you to tell them what to do and you end up having to do everything yourself.

How to Avoid Micromanagement

So how can you avoid micromanaging your employees? If you are already a micromanager, follow these steps:

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