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How to Not Micromanage Your VA

What do you think a ventriloquist and a puppeteer have in common? Both artists are an expert in controlling their art and paraphernalia. It looks good on the show but not in the business and professional perspective. No one wants to work with someone like that— a control freak. In business, someone who continually monitor what their subordinate is doing, frequently asking for updates, wants to know where everyone is and what they’re doing is called a micromanager.

Micromanagement has a bad connotation and has an adverse effect. To someone who have been micromanaged, it feels more than just frustrating. It is somehow demotivating, and it affects the performance of the team.

A micromanager is never satisfied with the result of each report. They are often frustrated for all the corrections they wanted to make, thinking that they could have done it better. An effective employer does not micromanage. Instead, they delegate what should be done and let their employee complete the job. Some may not have noticed that they are micromanaging their team. And here are just a few symptoms:

How many times did you hear your boss keep on telling you “Keep me in the loop at all times”? This kind of boss wants to know and direct each step of the process. They get angry when you make a decision without asking them. They’re not helping but instead they’re slowing the process of getting the task done.

“I want all the details even the minute one without exception!” This is a sign that your manager is afraid of making mistakes, who wanted to ensure that everything is being done as they wish. Excessive micromanaging can eliminate trust and induce unintended fear that impedes professional and personal growth.

To avoid falling into micromanaging your VA, before hiring one make sure that you choose the right fit for your business’ needs. Someone you can trust to get the job done. Once you do give them space to learn, direct them once to do the work without your constant involvement. Trust and encourage your VA that they can do what you want them to do.

Every VA has a different learning curve. Few VA can follow in an instant and some may take awhile. For this reason, you need to give your VA an ample time to learn the tools, processes and most importantly your art of dealing things.

Micromanagement is a disease that will eat you and your business, however severe it is; it can be cured if only you’re willing to loosen up a bit. Have high hopes that everything will fall in their proper condition.


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