Micromanagement is bad for business. Self-confessed micromanagers may beg to differ. After all, their primary goal is to ensure perfection across the board, which can only be a good thing. Right?


There are many problems with micromanagement, and if the practice isn’t nipped in the bud, it can be downright dangerous. Here’s why.

The 4 biggest dangers of micromanagement

  1. Micromanagement increases dependency

If you are the only one who knows how to do things ‘properly’, then everyone will come to rely on you. Your employees will not have the confidence, or even the freedom, to act of their own accord. This means that not only are you doing your job, you are doing everyone else’s too. This completely contradicts the point of hiring staff in the first place.

  1. Micromanagement decreases accountability

When you fail to let your employees take responsibility for their actions, they will have little concern for the outcome. In turn, they will have little-to-no job satisfaction. This is hardly surprising, as no one wants a job where personal growth and innovation are stifled. A higher turnover of staff is the inevitable result.

  1. Micromanagement causes you to lose control

If you constantly monitor everyone’s else work, you are spending more time working in your business than on it. You will have no capacity to step outside the business and take a look at the bigger picture – something which is needed if a business is going to grow. So, while you might think micromanagement allows you to retain control, it is actually the opposite.

  1. Micromanagement causes everyone to burn out

Fighting fires is tiring. As a micromanager you will always be in a state of chaos, your workload will be insurmountable, and you will feel that you are completely lacking direction. There is only so long you can carry on like this, and before long, you will be burnt out. When those at the top lose enthusiasm, chances are everyone else will too.

Are you a micromanager?

If you are a business owner or manager, now is the time for a bit of introspection. Ask yourself – are you are micromanager?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines micromanagement as ‘the practice of controlling every detail of a business, especially your employees’ work’.

For example, you might request that you are cc’d into every email, demand constant updates, review every task carried out by your staff, or feel unable to leave them to their own devices. These are just some common traits of micromanagers and it is by no means an exhaustive list. Ultimately it can be very difficult to recognise that you are micromanager, yet it is important you do, or it could prove disastrous.

If you do fall into the category of micromanager, please rest assured, it doesn’t make you a bad person. It is an incredibly easy habit to adopt, especially if you are a small or medium sized business owner.

Often what happens is that you set up a business, but soon enough you are too busy to carry out all the work, so you hire some staff. Then comes the realisation – you don’t have the time or resources to train these employees. All the information they need to do their jobs is in your head, so you have no choice but to oversee each and every task.

If this sounds familiar, then it is a habit you must break. To do this, you must start with your business systems.

How can business systems help you?

If you do not have the correct systems, processes and manuals in place, micromanagement is unavoidable. This is because those working in the business do not have a clear understanding of the roles they must play. Consequently, owners become frightened to relinquish their grip on any aspect of the organisation.

To overcome this problem, the first step is to map out your business processes from start to finish. This will provide end-to-end visibility of each and every task, allowing everyone to understand the flow of work, the steps that must be taken, and by whom. Suddenly, your staff will become accountable for their actions, and will be less dependent on you.

Next, you need to implement systems which standardise (and where possible, automate) these tasks. You can even set alerts which highlight when KPIs have been achieved, or when certain tasks have yet to be completed. Now you have increased controlled, all while reducing the amount of work required.

The end result is that your business will operate exactly as you want, without your continual input. If there is an issue, you will know about it immediately. As a business owner, this should remove a significant amount of fear, giving you the confidence to sit back and manage from afar. Which is precisely what you should be doing.

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At i-systemise we can map your business processes before standardising and automating your business systems. This is precisely what we did for one business owner in Harlow, allowing her to increase her business revenue by 66%.  See our case study https://www.i-systemise.co.uk/the-power-of-business-systemisation/

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The Dangers of Micromanagement