Laura Hills, DA
No medical practice manager wants to be a micromanager. It usually is difficult, however, to recognize when we are micromanaging employees. This article explains why well-intentioned managers sometimes slip into micromanagement, offering five of the most common reasons. It describes the differences between management and micromanagement, and suggests 10 strategies you can use to rid yourself of the micromanagement habit. It addresses what to do if you suspect that an employee needs micromanagement, and offers 10 signs that you are indeed micromanaging your team. This article also describes 10 of the most challenging problems that are likely to result when an employee feels that he or she is being micromanaged. It provides an seven-step strategy for anyone working in the medical practice who feels that he or she is being micromanaged. Finally, this article provides a quiz to help medical practice managers identify and assess their micromanaging tendencies.