Micromanaging sucks — especially when it’s about your ‘Zoom shoes’


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Approximately seven months ago the world of work — as most of us knew it — was turned upside down. 

As offices shut down and people were sent home to work, the lines between personal and professional became increasingly blurry. Employees had to get used to this new normal but… so did employers. 

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Some managers have embraced the opportunity to take stock of their leadership style, making an effort to ensure their employees feel trusted and appreciated. Others are showing symptoms of micro-managing and paranoia. 

And if you don’t believe me, take a look at this tweet:

Can you think of anything more awful, or pointless?

Aside from the obvious fact that no one on Zoom can see your feet — if they can, you might be doing video conferencing wrong — this is absolute lunacy.

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Several months ago (although it feels like years), I wrote a piece that looked at four things managers should avoid while their staff is working remotely.

One of the things I spoke about was how there was nothing like a crisis — such as a global pandemic — to highlight a managers‘ trust issues.

Here’s the thing: we’re all adults. We don’t need to be told what to wear during a Zoom call in order to seem professional and we certainly don’t need advice on finding a quiet place to work from at home.

What we do need, though, is empathetic, trusting, and transparent leaders who will let us and encourage us to do our best work.

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