I have worked with several people over the years who have complained that their Managers were micro managing them (checking on them, asking for updates, reviewing their work, etc.). In some cases, they may have had a Manager who is very “hands on” and needed to have control of everything. But just maybe, their Manager felt that if they did not “babysit” these employees, than the work would simply not get done.
Let’s take this quiz to determine if your boss is babysitting you-
- Does your Manager have to remind you of initiatives you have been assigned?
- Do you consistently miss assigned deliverable dates?
- Does your Manager constantly ask you for updates?
- Does your Manager review your work prior to releasing it into production?
If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, than your boss is probably babysitting you.
As a Manager, “babysitting” an employee can be extremely frustrating. Since I manage higher level employees, my expectations may seem pretty high. I expect employees who report to me to be focused on driving the business through continuous improvement, reducing costs through efficiency initiatives and developing new service lines to help improve revenue streams.
For me, this means that my direct reports are analyzing data, reviewing processes, interacting with customers, conducting team meetings with their employees to find out what causes them “pain”, developing new ways of doing things smarter, etc. When I have to “babysit” someone, this means that I am reminding them to look at their data, asking them to create quality and efficiency initiatives, following up to see if actionable items are on track.
This may sound kind of cold but my philosophy is that if I have to do your job (or remind you to do your job) than you are taking up a chair that could be occupied by someone else.
To help ensure that your Manager does not need to babysit you, here are some “Do’s and Don’ts”
- DO write down any tasks you are charged with completing
- DO provide regular updates on where you are with these tasks
- DO let your Manager know prior to the tasks deliverable date if you are going to be delayed
- DO talk to your Manager if other tasks will need to be prioritized so that you can meet the tasks deadline
- DO engage other colleagues who might have knowledge to help you complete your tasks more effectively
- DON’T respond casually when your Manager asks you for an update, “oh, I forgot about that”, or “oh, I need to check on that.”
- DON’T commit to performing a task if you do not have the bandwidth or manpower to accomplish it
- DON’T make your boss constantly have to ask for updates
If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to becoming a well respected employee and a key “go to” person for your Manager.