We’ve ALL had this experience at one time or another in our careers. And right now, it’s even more heightened with managers and their teams working remotely. If you’re a leader in your organization, like it or not, what you do and say has a DIRECT impact on your team’s psyche. For the last few months, your team has been stressed and anxious. They’re not able to perform and operate the way they’re used to, and putting them under a microscope is probably not the best idea.
Let’s switch roles for a moment, and you’re the “Managee” and working from home. Instead of he/she breathing down your neck, now you’re constantly getting emails, or your phone is blowing up for hourly status updates. What’s really happening here?
A lack of trust.
Good News! Here are several ways you can navigate this situation effectively and respectfully:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅ DON’T just smile & nod. That’s avoiding the problem, and WILL come back and bite, hard.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅ You need to have the “talk.” It may be uncomfortable and sweat-inducing, but there’s a really good chance that they have no idea you’re feeling undermined. ⠀
✅ The more you understand what’s motivating her/him, the easier it will be to adapt to their preferred way of communicating.
✅ Set realistic expectations for BOTH of you in an effort to avoid surprises, prevent future conflict, and build trust.⠀⠀
⠀If you would like more ideas to STOP being micromanaged, schedule a call to learn some actionable steps you can use TODAY!