How to stay on track if your boss is a macromanager

The polar opposite of the meddling micromanager, this laissez-faire supervisor can be equally maddening. Here’s advice about the care and feeding of this workplace phantom.

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Micromanagers are control freaks, always breathing down their employees’ necks, telling them how to do everything and inspecting every move they make.

Working for a micromanaging boss is one of the most frequently reported reasons that employees hate their jobs or hate their bosses.

Employees who work for micromanagers probably wish their bosses would just disappear. They dream about being totally boss-less, going about their work in a state of empowered nirvana.

Well, be careful what you wish for.

Whereas a micromanager anchors the extreme end of the management style continuum (high control), sitting at the far other end of the continuum is the macromanager (laissez-faire).

Working for a macromanager has its own challenges. A micromanager is always there when you don’t need them to be there; a macromanager is never around when you have a question, require support or need to have a decision made.

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