Hey Gorgeous RWs–
I want to talk to you today about something I often see in small business owners, and that is micromanaging. Chances are, if you’re a small business owner who has experienced a bit of growth, you’ve had to hire some extra help, whether that is an assistant, or store staff, or really anyone else that isn’t you. Congrats! You took the leap and now you are freeing up so much more time to actually do what you’re good at and focus on the business right?
Now, you might be saying “uh, this girl is nuts– I have even less free time now!” And that’s okay. You might also be saying “Yeah, well I hired someone but I have to keep going over their work and fixing everything! It’s a total waste of time!” And that’s okay too. Let’s go a little deeper.
Here’s the questions I need you to ask if you find yourself resenting your employee for not doing the job correctly:
“Is the job getting done, just maybe not in the way that I would do it?”
“Did I effectively communicate my expectations and give them the right tools they need to succeed?”
Really think about the answers to each of these questions, and if you find that your employee is still dropping the ball, maybe it is time to let them go and find someone else– we’re going to talk about how to hire someone in a later post, just an FYI.
First– what if they just aren’t doing the job the way you would? Then the best thing you can do, is take a step back and honestly decide if the job is getting done well, or even better than you would do it. Hey, sometimes fresh eyes can offer creative solutions. If this is the case, then your best course of action is to trust that they are doing their job correctly– that is why you hired them in the first place. And believe me as someone who has been micromanaged and does not need to be– It really sucks, and it will drive your awesome employees away.
Some employees will need their hand to be held, but while you’re running a small business with only a few employees, you shouldn’t be hiring people like this. You want team members, NOT staff.
Second– have you given them the tools to complete their task the best that they can?
This is a big one– especially for women. I often see women who hire someone, and then never actually give them any work to do because they feel guilty or bitchy asking someone to do something. This in turn causes them to be resentful since they are paying this person to sit around waiting for work.
My best advice if you find yourself in this situation is to take a step back and write down exactly what you need from your employee. If it’s easier than telling them directly what your expectations are, set up an email that outlines exactly what you would like them to do. Then– and here’s the big thing– schedule follow ups, and don’t worry about it till then. Follow ups give a clear point to both parties of when work is expected to have progress while at the same time you can stop worrying about whether or not the job is being done until you have to.
The best thing you can do for yourself when handling your employees is to accept that the job might not be done the way you would have done it, but if the job is getting done well, you need to let that shit go.
When you micromanage, you stop doing your job properly– and if you’re an entrepreneur, this means that you’re not making money.
So, RWs– the solution is simple. Hire a teammate – accept that they might work differently than you and finally, give them the tools they need to succeed.
That’s it from me today! We’ll discuss how to build your dream team in later posts but, as always, please let me know any questions you may have!