NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nobody wants to go through their workday with a busybody peering constantly over their shoulder, but that's the lot of those working for a micro-manager.
You know the deal. They curb independent thinking, peddle minutiae while belittling big ideas and generally get in the way of productivity, likely damaging your career in the process.
And they're not rare. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Accountemps says 59% of workers complain that they've worked under a micro-manager at some point, with 68% saying working for a nitpicker "decreased their morale" and 55% saying the experience "hurt their productivity."
It all fairly begs the question: "Why would an employer or boss intentionally get in the way of employee enthusiasm and productivity?"
There's no good answer. "Bosses micromanage for many different reasons, but no matter how good their intentions, taking a heavy-handed approach typically hurts employee output, job satisfaction and, as a result, retention efforts," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "Personally making sure every 'T' is crossed might help avoid some mistakes, but the costs associated with failing to trust your team can have a longer-term impact."
To steer a boss or project manager away from the micro-management syndrome, try slipping these self-awareness tips under his or her door and see if they don't make a difference:
Face the facts -- you're a meddler. Micro-managers hate to delegate. But if you feel you have to "do it all and keep a controlling hand at all times," you might be a micro-manager.