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My SAE has an incredibly negative attitude, micromanages, and doesn't do any of their own work - a combination that is quickly making me want to quit. Any advice?

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As much as you can, try to subtract yourself from the equation- instead of "I'm comfortable with this, so we don't need these check-ins" make it about how "If we cut some steps out of this process on project X, I can spend some more time on project Y." That's a mutual win.

Also, for your own sanity, remind yourself that this person is very early in their managerial career - they're figuring it out as they go along, too.

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Have you told them this (obviously not in those words)?

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Manage up. Be awesome. Figure out what her/his boss is expecting and help her/him look good. And buy her a copy of The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey to discreetly put on her desk.

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People all manage differently. Micromanaging is to be expected on various levels, especially on higher profile clients. Don’t take it as a personal thing. As far as being lazy, not much you can do there - VP1 had a good idea on that; manage up, and show that you’ve got this

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Thanks for the advice, definitely going to try to take a step back and view it objectively to see how I can make things work for everyone. It's easier to stay optimistic about it some days than others

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Spankings

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@SVP 1 I've tried mentioning that I'm comfortable handling tasks when I feel that they're checking in excessively, and facilitated twice weekly check-ins to show that I'm managing and staying on top of all tasks. I'm afraid to take the head-on approach due to fear of some sort of 'retaliation'

Empathy. If that doesn't work, go with LB1, spankings.

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