Every new job comes with opportunities as well as turmoil. But, every new intern or employee has one thing in common – they must learn to respect their seniors. But, what if your boss is making it impossible for you to abide by his orders?

Well, most might deny the existence of such a situation. Following orders isn’t rocket science! Why would anyone have trouble meeting a few deadlines if they do not neglect work and have a taste for an organized lifestyle?  

People who think the above are possibly unfamiliar with “micromanaging”.

What’s Micromanaging?

Have you ever seen people interfering with every little thing? Or worse, have you seen your boss fiddling around while you’re doing an assignment to make sure everything is in order?

Well, there’s a term for these people are doing: micromanaging. This means that the person may be incredibly controlling and needs to supervise every task performed by the enterprise.

How To Avoid An Awkward Micromanagement Situation?

We know that bosses don’t like being corrected very often, so this means that calling him/her out on this behavior is likely not the wisest of choices. On the same token, it’s not feasible to function in an environment where your boss calls you every other hour to make sure you’re ahead on the deadline (which is more than likely days away). So, how do you manage in this kind of environment?

Here are a few of the tips you need to know to handle your micromanaging boss:


  1. Don’t start a fight – When you find your boss sitting in a chair near your cubicle to make sure you’re working on a report, try to calm yourself. You might be boiling in anger but it’s not prudent to have an outburst at the place where you get your paycheck. People management isn’t everybody’s forte, and your boss isn’t an expert on people. Hence, it might be so, that he or she is a little too eager at this task. Be patient with your boss.
  2. Try to consult your boss – One of the signs of micromanaging is to expect consultancy from your employees. So, to avoid their micromanaging skills to take a toll on you, take advice from your boss as often as possible.
  3. Keep them updated – Tell your boss how far you are in your work. That’ll help them to understand that you can meet the deadlines without them having to bother you constantly.
  4. Report any problem – If there is a discrepancy in meeting with a deadline, communicate that to your boss, beforehand. But, mostly, try to do the work on time.

Try to handle people patiently. That’ll help you keep your job and your dignity.