Being an employee who is probably 95% self directed with the freedom and autonomy to make my own decisions, I can completely vouch for the fact that I am happier than I've ever been in the workplace and I'm probably more productive than I've ever been in my life full stop.
Taking school as an example, I was never particularly keen on homework, and revision would always be a last minute cram session in the library where you'd find me swimming in a sea of Redbull, with enough Walker's crisps to supply three Sainsbury's Locals. I had all of the ability but none of the drive that I possess now and I truly believe that the gift of independence in the workplace has fostered this hidden trait in me.
This article in particular focuses on the micromanagement aspect of today's working culture, and I must say that I'm surprised this actually occurs anywhere anymore. It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to work out that micromanagement has a strong correlation with high staff turnover. In my opinion, micromanagement should be kept to the classroom.
Are you sat there wondering whether or not you're a micromanager or that you may have one who's making your work-life a living hell? In general, micromanagers:
- Resist delegating.
- Immerse themselves in overseeing the projects of others.
- Start by correcting tiny details instead of looking at the big picture.
- Take back delegated work before it is finished if they find a mistake in it.
- Discourage others from making decisions without consulting them.
In this article, Trevor Pinder, Sales Director at SOLA Group discusses micromanagement in recruitment and why the highest performing consultants crave autonomy. Give it a read:
Daniel Pink explains it well in his book "Drive" when he states how important it is to all of us to direct our own lives. Companies which allow that self-direction are the companies that will keep their employees and tend to keep the best employees. This is due to the surprising fact that self directing people are normally happier and far more productive than those who are overseen too closely.