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If You Can't Trust Your Employees To Work Independently, Why Hire Them In The First Place

Oct 23, 2017

Surfing the internet in early morning,there is an interesting article on linkedin which I wanna share with all of you. 


It was only 6 months into my NEW JOB. I got called to an urgent meeting not knowing I was the agenda for the meeting. The management team was not too happy with my leadership style.

“Brigette, you need to closely monitor staff like the rest of managers do.”

Of course I couldn’t submit to this and I quickly realized I didn’t have a future there as this type of culture was endorsed from the top.

My team was delivering excellent results but their focus was on control. Yet this same company would bring in external consultants to figure out why turnover was high and to boost falling ENGAGEMENT levels.

"It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to to. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do." —Steve Jobs

Employees want meaningful work, and they want autonomy in how they work. Train, coach and mentor employees and ensure they are given clear objectives. Your role as a manager is to provide guidance and support. The typical 'bad boss' spends their time directing employees rather than empowering them. It’s sad that in many organizations, managers think to be effective they need to MICROMANAGE employees.

Micromanagement is a complete waste of everybody’s time. It sucks the life out of employees, fosters anxiety and creates a high stress work environment.

Select the right people and give them room to get on with the job.

I foresee the level of micromanagement intensifying as managers can now use Artificial Intelligence to monitor an employee's every movements and actions - and yes even those spontaneous hallway interactions to track workflow and recommend changes.

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