If you’ve ever worked in an office setting, there’s a strong chance you have found yourself under the thumb of a micromanager in some way, shape, or form. Micromanagers are the ones constantly over your shoulder, fact checking each deliverable you have and correcting every move you make. They aren’t great at giving instructions and collecting projects when due. Instead, they forcefully hold your hand and ensure things are done the exact way they would do them the entire time. My most recent experience with micromanaging has been my absolute worst by far.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently was promoted at my job. With that promotion came a new team. With that new team came a new manager. The only way to describe this woman is “hard”. She is a terrible chain smoker, has seared off short, thin blonde hair. While she means well on occasion, her aggressive demeanor is too much to handle.
Linda is one of those ladies that yells when she talks. Often, she is just passionate about something or simply trying to get her point across, but she comes across so aggressive and forceful that many times people poke their head into the room to make sure everything is okay. She could be agreeing with you and screaming at you all at the same time. It’s super alarming when you first meet her.
I have tough enough skin to deal with the nonstop yelling, but what I have a hard time stomaching is the micromanagement that she practices on me daily. Linda’s role is technically lateral to my own. She is the account director while I am the media director. We both lead teams on different sides of the office. However, for some reason, she thinks she leads me as well. The first time I picked up on this was when she wouldn’t let me have direct communication with the client. Instead, I had to write my emails – send them to Linda to review – and then once I had her approval I could send them out to the client. This was the process for literally every single piece of communication that went out. It added hours to our turn-around times and frustrated everyone involved.
What I didn’t know at the time was that when I would eventually complain to Linda’s boss about what she was doing, things would get even worse. Instead of having me run my emails by Linda, she started sending me fully written emails for me to send to the client and sign my name to. They would be in her tone of voice, with her idiotic “looking forward to hearing back from you so we can achieve the deadline you outlined above and get things moving” sign off. The emails were way too wordy, way too overwhelming and many times didn’t even make sense. Yet I had to ‘CC her on everything that went out, so had I changed a single item in the email, Linda would have called me out. There’s nothing more infuriating than having to sign your name to something you don’t agree with.
On top of the fully written emails, Linda would also jump in and respond directly to me on emails threads directed to me from the client. She would type things out like “Please respond with xyz”, when I knew to respond with xyz! And “Put in your input and respond.” Like Bitch, I know to put in my input and respond! Leave me alone!
For the time being, I still have to deal with Linda jumping in correcting me, giving me the wrong information to send out, then realizing she shouldn’t have jumped in to correct me and making me retract what she asked me to send out. I still have to deal with receiving the fully written emails to send to the client, and having to explain to her my decision making process for every step. I can only hope that one day she begins to trust me as a coworker and sees the value in my own independent thinking. However, if that day never comes, I hope to pass right through the middle management role that she’s in and eventually get to micromanage her, truly continuing the circle of life that makes up what we call the “corporate world“.