Micromanagement is giving me a sad
July 18, 2014 5:12 AM Subscribe
The micromanagement in my workplace is starting to impact seriously on my confidence. How best to handle this?
posted by Ziggy500 to Work & Money (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've worked here for a few years now (it's been the subject of a number of distraught AskMeFi questions in the past). It's generally a good place to work with its own unique kind of dysfunction which I have learned to roll with.
But lately, the management style in my workplace seems to have changed. I'm getting raked over the coals for "minor errors" which turn out to be, like, subjective, stylistic, Oxford comma-level things. I'm not trying to paint myself as a victim here; I am not precious about my work and am open to criticism that I can work with. But these just seem disproportionately minor for the level of stick I get about them. I now need to submit all of my work to 3/4 separate senior managers before it can be finalised. And they often disagree with each other which entails more going back and forth. So basically a simple letter to a client ends up taking a hundred years to go out the door! I can't over-emphasis the bashing that my self-confidence has taken from this. I've been known to lose sleep over a comma placement.
I always used to think that I produced good work. But now I feel no faith in my own ability to judge the quality of something I produce until 3 or 4 separate senior people have all pronounced it OK. Ironically, whenever I've seen their work, it's full of mistakes!
Another thing that happens a lot is, simply, nagging. I feel like my boss has suddenly lost faith in my ability to deliver on time without lots of nagging from them; when I have a tried and tested record of delivering on time. This makes me wildly stressed out and resentful. I mean, I have enough to do already without the spectre of my manager looming over my shoulder going "You're going to have that ready on time, right? Right? Right?" Trying to look at it from his point of view, I wonder if that's his only way of having any input or control over my work: I look after an entirely different area from him.
I never used to have any real doubt in my ability to do my job. But lately the negative feedback from higher ups has had a huge negative impact on my stress levels and my confidence. I'm not the only person at my level of seniority (ie, not very high) to have this problem, either. When I get together with other people at my level, it comes out that they all feel the same way: harangued and harshly criticised by their managers.
I'm wondering if there's any proactive way I can deal with these issues. (I'm applying for other jobs, but I'm sure they will come with their own problems!) Is there a professional way of sitting down at my next meeting with my boss and talking with him about it? Or is this just one of those things I have to tolerate till I move onto a different job? If the latter, can anyone advise on how to keep your self-esteem up when your best doesn't seem good enough for people anymore?
Sorry, this became a novel. Would just be very interested to hear other more experienced MeFites' views, though.