I have my first micromanager in a long, long time. How do you deal with one and also maintain your sanity?

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Sounds weird but sometimes people don’t realize they are micromanaging. For example, when I have a new person start or someone transfer onto one of my accounts, I stay close to make sure they don’t feel thrown into the deep end then back off after a few weeks. I try to be super clear about my intentions and lmk the ball is in their court/disinvite me to stuff they have covered. Just a thought. And sorry you are dealing with this.

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My boss doesn’t actually help with any of the work...just delegates everything, chats all day with other higher ups, then asks where I am if I’m away from my desk for more than 10 minutes or leave anytime before 6.

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Same. Thing. Doesn’t even notice my work is done- asks where I am if I’m taking a dump

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You lose your sanity

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Amen. Why I’m leaving my job

As AD1 pointed out, there is definitely a period of calibration to a new role. But, also remember it takes some time to earn trust. Do a killer job in all you do, be proactive, offer up ideas and solutions that have value, and your manager will back off and stop micromanaging you. Working with a bunch of new freelancers all the time, I tend to micromanage the new folks a bit (because I’ve have many past experiences where I didn’t know the worker, gave too much autonomy, and paid dearly...and looked bad). But I have ft staff and regular freelancers who have earned my trust and I know will do great work, can take direction, as well as come up with their own ideas and push the envelope without prodding from me. But, that type of relationship definitely takes time to develop. Give it some time, and if you continue to be micromanaged even after you’ve proven that you don’t need to be...then run

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Psst are you me?

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PROBABLY. Quick if you’re in town hall take a drink of your bubly

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Leave. Or vent to an outsider.

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Oh Jesus run. If managers could just trust and listen more that’d be great...

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There’s no job worth having when you’re micromanaged. Leave

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It’s not my main work. Just a portion, and they aren’t my direct boss.

I find that it usually means the person is insecure in their own ability and feels the need to put pressure on their own team to feel valuable. At the end of the day, it's a tricky situation but I hope you have the support to rise above them. Stay strong and drink that bubbly.

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They probably just got promoted recently and are still calibrating to their new role.

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