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When it’s smart to micromanage

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Most management experts warn that you shouldn’t micromanage employees because doing so can stunt their creativity and lower their accountability. However, here are four cases when it might be necessary for you to micromanage staff:

1. You have to improve performance. If the output of your team does not meet expectations, you will need to root out problems and coach employees until their performance improves.

2. You must reduce spending. You will need to spend time investigating to uncover waste and teach employees to be more efficient.

3. You need very specific results. If you have no wiggle room in how a task should be executed, monitor employees to ensure compliance.

4. You are implementing a new process. Spend plenty of time coaching them and ensuring they understand the new process. Doing so allows you to figure out how the changes are affecting them and troubleshoot as needed.

— Adapted from “When It’s Appropriate to Micromanage,” Lindsay Broder, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com

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