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Does your boss drive you crazy? Do you feel like every part of your work is being micromanaged? If so, you’re no...
Does your boss drive you crazy? Do you feel like every part of your work is being micromanaged?
If so, you’re not alone. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a perfect relationship with their manager. All is not lost, however. You may just need to do a bit of lateral thinking and work out the best way to “manage your manager” – ideally in such a way that they don’t notice you’re doing it!
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, states in a Forbes article that if you fail to manage your manager you will “suffer the consequences of never feeling that your work is satisfactory.”
That’s obviously no good at all, so here are some tips to help you:
Make sure it’s always clear what your boss expects of you, and ensure that deadlines are set in stone. Then, do your best to always beat the deadline and exceed expectations.
In time, your boss should subconsciously realise that time spent micromanaging you is time wasted, and her or she will back off a little.
We’re not suggesting that you aim for a “teacher’s pet” position in your company, but if you do your best to be the person who stands out in the team without dropping the ball, you can work towards a better relationship with a controlling boss.
There will inevitably be times when your manager needs to step away from the office—for holidays, for example. If you prove yourself as someone who can be trusted in their absence, they may start to grant you a little more freedom the rest of the time.
If you genuinely feel that your boss is stifling you to the point of your position seeming untenable, you have no option but to be up front about how you feel.
Arrange a time to see your boss and put your cards on the table (in a tactful way!). Then, work together to try to compromise. The chances are your boss may not even realize you feel the way you do.