Pros and Cons of Micromanagement

Micromanagement is a management style in which a manager closely watches everything that an employee does, and makes sure that the employee performs tasks in a very specific way. This management style is beloved by some managers, and loathed by others. Here is a closer look at some of the pros and cons of micromanagement.


Greater control – Micromanagement allows a manager to have a much greater level of control over the work that their employees do. This can help them to make sure that everything that their employees are doing is correct and accurate.

Fewer errors – If a manager closely watches the work that an employee does, then there is a much smaller chance that errors will be made. This is because the employee is likely to do better quality work while he or she is being watched carefully, and because the manager can also watch for mistakes.


Employee resentment – Being micromanaged can be very stressful for employees. This is because no one wants to feel like they are under a microscope, being examined at all times. This is very stressful. Over time, employees who are being micromanaged can build up increasing amounts of resentment for their managers and for their companies at large.

Increased turnover – If too many of a company’s employees are feeling resentful of their managers, then it can easily lead to increased turnover, which can be very bad for business. This is because hiring and vetting new employees can be very time consuming and expensive.

Wasted time for managers – If managers are constantly supervising every little thing that their employees are doing, then it means that they will spend less time on other productive things that they could be doing. This is not ideal, and it will also prevent employees from developing a sense of responsibility and confidence for their roles at the company. They will feel more like babies being watched by a babysitter.


Micromanaging is a management strategy that should only be used with caution. Yes, it is important for managers to supervise their employees, and to know how their employees are performing. It is also important for managers to quickly correct mistakes. However, managers also need to give their employees a little bit of breathing room. This is because if employees get too frustrated and annoyed, then there is a good chance that they will simply leave the company. So, it is better to only micromanage some of the time, as opposed to all of the time.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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