How To Work For A Micromanger Without Losing Your Mind

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Let her know when she’s doing too much

This can be a very uncomfortable conversation to have, but in some cases, it’s absolutely necessary. Micromanagers know that they’re micromanaging, but they’re not always aware of how their methods affect their employees. In other words, they will push you as far as you’ll allow them. I used to work in a very feedback-driven environment and I had a manager who would sometimes go overboard with high volume feedback within short spans of time. One day she bombarded me with a flurry of nitpicky emails offering feedback on an array of different aspects of my work. I had to politely pull her aside and tell her that she had given me five pieces of feedback before 10 am and that there was no way that I could actually digest and implement her feedback if she was going to continue to offer feedback at this frequency. She apologized and we were able to move forward.

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