Managing the Micro Manager
It’s a dream come true. You’ve landed a juicy job guaranteed to provide endless satisfaction and a steady stream of financial rewards. That’s right, friend. No more scrimping and scrounging. You are dancing down the Yellow Brick Road of independence. And it feels fantastic!
Then you get to work. And the dream becomes a nightmare. It’s your supervisor. Not that this well-meaning, industrious person isn’t the epitome of kindness. It’s just that, your manager, the individual you’ll be answering to approximately forty hours a week, is the most dreaded of all occupational beasts – managerious microsis. Otherwise known as micro manager.
Nothing better than a supervisor poking his or her proboscis into your work affairs every ten minutes, right? You really don’t mind an intruder stifling your newly-gained independence round the clock, do you? You might even be lucky enough to have your work space right next to the office of the big boss. What a setup! On-the-job Big Brotherism taken to the extreme!
Now if this is your situation, or ever becomes your situation, there’s no need to gnash your teeth in bitter protest. Instead, try these simple strategies for managing the micro-manager.
Seek Refuge from the Managerial Storm. Barring the implementation of a force field, this option could be your most effective countermeasure against a meddlesome manager. Simply sequester yourself in an unoccupied space, such as an empty conference room, allowing your nimble mind to zero in on all your important tasks — without managerial interference.
Drop a Subtle Hint. If you’re chained to your workplace, dawn your favorite pair of headphones – even if the music is off — and go into deep focus worthy of a Jedi master. Hopefully, the meddling manager will get the hint and back off…at least until his or her return trip.
Timer Tactics. The next time your boss yanks you away from your highly productive endeavors, set you mobile phone alarm or other timing device to go off within minutes. Then, with intense urgency, announce the necessity of returning to your critical tasks before company productivity plummets.
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