Many small business owners have wondered, “How to deal with a micromanager?” They wonder what they can do to get the best out of their own employees. They also wonder what is the best way to handle employees who are just starting out or who are not used to being supervised.

The first thing you want to do when you notice your employee as a micromanager is explain that this is not appropriate behavior for you to have. When you begin the conversation with your employee, let your voice be heard and let them know that this is not the way things are going to work in your office. If you let your employees know that the office is working according to your rules, they will likely follow them. If not, they may begin to look for ways to circumvent your rules.

In addition to informing your employees of your rules, you need to show them what your rules actually are. This includes what types of actions you expect them to take on a daily basis and what actions you would like them to avoid taking. Be clear and concise about what you expect from your employees and then enforce your rules with consistency.

Your goals for your employee’s performance are very important. However, you need to be very specific with your expectations. This way, it will be easy for your employees to understand what you expect of them and what your expectations of them are.

Be clear about what you expect from your employees. For example, you may need them to call you for a specific purpose. You should clearly outline what these needs are so that it is easy to tell when an employee fails to meet any of them. By being clear about what you expect of your employees, you will be able to handle situations that might arise.

As you work with your employee, be sure that you are sticking to the rules and expectations. If you break any of them, you are not only dealing with your employee, but you are dealing with your business. If you make a mistake, apologize for it immediately and make your employer aware that you are going to be looking over their work. Also, always reward your employee’s efforts. If they are working their butt off, why shouldn’t you do the same?

Another good rule to follow is to enforce the same rules to everyone. In other words, even if you want one employee to perform a certain task, you should make it a point to make sure that they do it for everyone else.

It may take time to get used to having a micromanager, especially if it is a new employee, but the rewards are worth it. If your employee performs as expected, they will appreciate you more for it and they will be willing to follow your rules.


  • Gio Watts

    Gio Watts brings over 10 years of digital marketing experience to his role as marketing manager at Walletminded. In his current position, Gio oversees brand marketing, campaign management, and audience growth initiatives. Prior to joining Walletminded, Gio held marketing roles at several ecommerce and SaaS startups, most recently serving as senior marketing manager at CloudTable Inc. There, he specialized in paid social advertising and content marketing. Gio holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of Oregon. He is a certified content marketing specialist and frequently guest lectures at his alma mater. When he's not devising omni-channel marketing campaigns, you can find Gio coaching youth basketball and indulging his passion for live music.

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