It can be difficult to work for bosses who are micromanagers. Micromanaging bosses try to control every aspect of their employees’ work. Instead of giving their employees the freedom to work in their own way (and take advantage of their own personal strengths), they try to enforce their own personal style onto their employees. This can cause their employees to become frustrated, disengaged, and less productive.

But the pandemic has changed things. Now, with everyone working from home, bosses can no longer micromanage. It’s just not possible. They can no longer monitor and control exactly how their employees are getting their work done. They’re being forced to shift gears.

Instead of trying to control every aspect of a project, they have no choice but to focus on results. And instead of asking employees questions about how they’re getting their work done, they’re starting to ask more important questions. This includes questions like “What can I do to help you get your work done?” and “What obstacles can I remove for you?”

In short, they’re becoming better bosses. And their employees are becoming more satisfied, engaged, and productive as a result.

Culbert, S. A. (2020, August 3). How the pandemic can turn bad bosses into good ones. The Wall Street Journal, p. R3.