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Address employee micromanagers

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You don’t have to be the boss to be a micromanager. In fact, plenty of people watch their co-workers’—and even the boss’s—every move and then tell them what they should do differently when they don’t have the authority to do so.

If you manage a micromanager, do this:

Stop valuing their micromanaging tendencies. You may see it as a plus because the more they control their co-workers, the less you have to do. However, their actions lead to productivity-draining turf wars, arguments, gossip and more.

Address the behavior yourself. Employees who control won’t listen to their co-workers’ requests to stop the behavior. As the authority figure, you will need to step in and address it. Explain that they don’t have the authority to manage other people’s work or to correct their behavior.

Acknowledge their good intentions. Say: “I do appreciate that you want everyone to do a great job here, but it’s not your job to do that. It’s my responsibility, so you need to focus on your own work.”

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