Boss got you on a tight leash?
Do you have an overbearing boss at work? Do you ever feel like your boss acts more like a babysitter than a manager? Do you feel frustrated by being micromanaged?
Stop being frustrated. If you have a boss who refuses to give you space, then try these steps to improve your situation:
1. Focus on your job.
No matter the situation, in the workplace you always need to focus on doing your job well. If you feel micromanaged, it may be because you failed at a task or missed a deadline in the past. Therefore your boss may feel you need to be watched more closely to ensure expectations are met. By focusing on doing your job well and continually producing more positive results, you should see an improvement in your relationship.
2. Be honest and respectful.
If you feel that you are dealing with an overbearing and abusive boss, then I recommend confronting your boss openly and honestly about the situation. Resist the temptation to badmouth or gossip about your boss to others, because it can only come back to haunt you. If you need to vent, limit your audience to your spouse or another confidant, but no one close to your office or coworkers. The reality is that if you’re feeling this way, better to tackle the situation head on than let it fester and cause further problems.
3. Propose constructive solutions.
When speaking with your boss, offer positive suggestions on how to develop your relationship with him. Perhaps you will find that your boss feels like he needs to micromanage you because he would like to be informed at all times. I suggest proposing to give your manager daily updates or reports so that he feels more a part of the team and always up-to-date.
4. Be a true team player.
Make sure your boss understands that you are on the same side. Let her know that your goals align with the company’s mission and that you are both working to achieve this. Put yourself in your boss's shoes and try to understand the pressure she is under to constantly produce results.
If you follow these steps, you will not only have improved job satisfaction, but will possibly even advance your career. Your boss will now see you as a valuable addition to the team and you will feel better knowing you have a handle on the situation.
Original content by: Christine Gallia