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How to handle a micromanager

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It can be hard to do your job well if your boss is micromanaging you. Deal with it like this:

Talk to your boss about your expected job duties. Make sure you’re on the same page about what you’re supposed to accomplish.

Ask if you’re performing up to par. Your boss may be giving you nonverbal feedback by taking over your duties. If she says you’re doing a great job, tell her why you’re asking. If she says your performance has been poor, ask how you can do better.

Explain the consequences of your boss’ actions. Her work may suffer because she’s too involved in yours, and it gives the appearance that she doesn’t trust you to do your job. In the end, you both look bad.

Brainstorm solutions together. When you find out why your boss is doing your job, you can work together to fix the situation.

— Adapted from “5 Ways To Help Your Boss Stop Micromanaging You,” Ron Carucci, Forbes.

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