This is such a great question. As someone who is a bit of a control freak, it wasn’t easy for me to relinquish control while managing a student bookstore. I know for me personally, I had less issues with micromanaging when I was confident that the students were fully and sufficiently trained. When it comes down to it, I think that there’s a direct correlation between the amount of trust and the amount of micromanaging. If I trusted those that I managed, I didn’t feel the need to watch and critique their every move. This is where I emphasize team bonding – a cohesive team and healthy work environment is the first place to start!
I’d love @Michelle‘s opinion on this once she returns from her (much deserved) vacation! 🏻