EXHIBITION NEWS May 2017 - Page 55

COLUMN People Management Gwen Moran, career, business and fi nance writer says you probably have the best intentions, but your actions can affect the morale and productivity of your team Micro-managing W hen it comes to managing employees, striking the balance between hands-on and micromanaging can be tough. After all, you want to be sure that employees ‘get it’ and that the work is being done well. What’s the harm in making sure? It could be more than you think. A 2014 survey by staffi ng giant Accountemps found that nearly 60 per cent of employees interviewed said they had worked for a micromanager at some point, and that it decreased their morale (68 per cent). Sometimes it can be hard to recognise those tendencies in ourselves, says Marc Prine, director of consulting and assessment at Taylor Strategy Partners, an executive recruitment and human resources consulting fi rm. Often the intentions are good – we simpl