Remote working: To control or not to control
Updated: Apr 29
While the world divided into two categories - cynics and panics - most of both categories will be working from home for a while.
This will trigger control in line managers.
Micromanagement and control do not have a positive impact on team members but also line managers who have a tendency to control will be suffering as they will be triggered by the physical distance with their teams.
This gives everyone an opportunity to improve their work planning, delegation and collaboration skills.
Before we put the blame on micromanagers let’s have a look at what is going on for them first. I like how an article on Psychology Today puts it: “So, what’s inside the minds of controlling people? Lots and lots of goals. We can also think of goals as ideas, expectations, outcomes, standards, wants, and “shoulds." “. “They tend to be about the “right way” for other people to think or act or speak or dress or be.”.
Since you cannot change people and can only influence them why not approach this from a ‘managing upwards’ perspective before getting frustrated if you are exposed to a controlling manager.
One effective way of managing upwards is ensuring the line manager on the things that are going to happen in a given day or a week and sending them a couple of updates before they start ‘checking up on you’.
Before it turns into a chase and a parent-child relationship why not be proactive and plan your work for a relevant period of time?
Wishing you health and productivity.