Stop Your Boss from Micromanaging You with Trial Assignments
It's tough to get into a good workflow when you have someone watching and critiquing your every move. Lolly Daskal at Fast Company suggests asking your micromanager boss for a small test assignment.
Daskal explains that your boss micromanages because essentially, he or she doesn't trust you. It could be something you've done, but it's possible that's just their personality. Daskal describes how you begin to earn that trust:
If your boss is resistant, ask for a small trial assignment that you can complete on your own to see how it goes. If they agree, make sure you do the following: Send a confirmation email stating your understanding of what is expected of you, and ask them to reply with confirmation or any changes. Create and share your to-do list of what needs to happen for the project to proceed, with action items and responsibilities outlined. Do everything you can to gain the micromanager's trust along the way. Make sure to keep them informed, request feedback at key points, and keep them in the loop at all times. Small steps toward trust will take you a long way toward autonomy.
Whether you're the cause of your boss's lack of trust or not, you can make the first move to being more autonomous. Start small and be thorough.
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