AIBU being micromanaged(43 Posts)
Just wondering what others thoughts are on this. I work as part of a team of 8. There are two ‘strands’ of the team. My strand has me and two colleagues at the same level & our manager. The other strand has two people and their manager. We are all overseen by a higher manager. For the last 2 years I’ve been responsible for organising a particular event that happens once a month, in a kind of coordination role. I do it well, and have never really had any complaints. Everything is done on time and I’ve never needed any prompting to do any of the tasks involved with getting it done. However since the new manager of the other strand of my team has come in, (so my managers equivalent) I feel like she is trying to coordinate over the top of me and I can’t stand it!
For example - Ahead of the event I send out an agenda 1 week before and ask the attendees for any comments. I’ve always sent it a week before, and now she will always email me 8 days before asking me to send out the agenda. I do anyway!
If there are any changes made by senior management to the structure of the event she always sends a follow up email asking me to action them even though I would have anyway.
And to make it worse she attends the event with me and if there is a slide pack or something we are looking at, she takes the mouse and clicks through it which makes me feel like it’s fucking pointless me being there.
And then if there are any actions for afterwards she will immediately send me an email or text message asking me to complete them when I’ve already made a note.
And the worst one, which doesn’t sound like the worst, is that every time I do something she thanks me, as if I’m doing it because she’s asked me. I can’t work out how she’s managed to insert herself into this position as my manager for this when I’ve been managing it just fine for years. My own manager doesn’t have any issue with it and has never tried to micromanage me in this way. Our higher up manager never has either.
It’s just really frustrating and I don’t know what to do without being rude or causing friction.
Please help AIBU community as I am rapidly losing patience!!
She is also a really nice lady if that matters!
Speak to your manager about this. Surely they are pissed off that someone else is micromanaging their staff? I know I would be!
I don’t know what to say but O feel your pain - my manager also micromanages within an inch of her life and then constantly complains she cannot get her own work done.
Stop doing my fucking job then
Anticipate her actions and say “ no need to email, I’ve got it covered” or words to that effect before she has a chance to say anything.
Hide the mouse too.
But it's not the OP's manager who's micromanaging her! That's what I don't get - why is OP's manager not telling the other one to sod off? I know I would be in that situation.
I’d be so tempted to buy a dancer “clicker” and use that before she get the chance to click the mouse
In fact I would buy the clicker and hide it- so just as she hovers near the mouse, surreptitiously click it to confuse her!
Can you email out the agenda or actions before she gets the opportunity to remind you to or is that not possible?
She's angling at taking all the glory. She's not nice, she's manipulative.
Does she cc in her manager into all the requests to you by any chance? You need to play her at her own game. Preempt her emails with your own, cc everyone.
When she thanks you reply (sweetly) that it's not a problem as you've been doing the same thing for years with the same success. If she wants the clicker make sure the slides aren't in order (not really lol. But it would f##k up her up). Make sure you have clicker in hand seated well away from her before she gets to the room. She'll have to make a big deal of asking for it. You then (sweetly) say that's fine, you have it all in hand.
At the end of the meeting say loudly and clear to your higher manager you have noted all actions to be taken and will get to them immediately. If she emails you asking you to action, reply with ccs that as you said in meeting you are aware of what needs to be done and are acting accordingly.
My own manager is ridiculously busy so has always just let me get on with this - which is fine by me because it’s hardly that complex. Which brings me round to the fact that it’s so weird that she’s so desperate to do it when it’s clearly more suited to my level, or even probably the level below if we had anyone at that level!
Call her bluff. It's that time of year when you decide what you're doing I. The next financial year and set up objectives etc. Tell your manager that as she's started doing this for you she may as well have it and you'll take on something else, but if your manager really wants you to do it you will so long as it's your lead, which would mean she needs to step back. Be honest about her interference is making you feel, frame it as 'feed back' To be passed on.
Ahhh she is out of her depth in her own role then?!
You say she’s new.
Is she aware that you’ve been organising this event for the past two years?
Think you need to speak to your manager about this.
This is one for your manager - 'can you help me to understand why X is doing this' - for all you know it's in her job description and that's why.
Message her with, include your own manager in the who thing
Tell her this is what I do and the dates.
This has been the system for X years.
I feel this works, as I have never had any complaints.
Is there anything anyone needs me to add to this, or are you all satisfied.
Emails will be sent out 7 days before as per normal.
Tell her straight, look dear, stop micro managing me, I like you now but that could change. Do your own job and leave me to do mine and we can co exist in harmony.
Ok, maybe a bit harsh but something like that but nice.
People who do this aren't usual very confident in doing their own jobs. It's easier to micromanage someone who's clearly competent, than do the more high level stuff. Can you not speak to your own manager about it. It's annoying and disruptive for you.
Ohh that sounds so annoying. You said she's a nice lady other than that so maybe just say it to her, in a nice way. Say "Look Ann, I appreciate you trying to help with this event but I've been doing it for years, i really don't need email prompts and mouse clickers, but thank you"
Can you have a chat with her and show her your timeline for these events so she knows you are all over it?
She might just be trying to show leadership in a new role but is going about it in a way that annoys you and might be mortified to know that.
1) speak to your higher up and raise concerns. Saying is stifling your ability to do your best job, use initiative and brainstorm new ideas.
2) everytime she emails you telling to do something you already planned to do email "Thanks, already noted down!" or "Thanks, yep this is part of my usual process, I'm already on it!" - be relentless and she might tire of it.
3) On the events thing where she is taking over, pick her up after as a 1-2-1, explain how she undermined you and why you would prefer her not to do that. Then follow up with your manager explaining what happened, what you said.. just as an FYI.
Send the agenda first thing 8 days before the meeting.
If senior management make changes to the structure of the event. email everyone immediately to confirm you are actioning them.
If she starts checking through slides etc, smile sweetly and either say you've done it already or that it's your job.
If there are actions for afterwards say in front of everyone "Oh, by the way, OtherManager, no need to email or text me about that afterwards as you did last time, I have of course made a note."
When she thanks you, tell her there is no need to thank you for the job you have been doing for X years as part of your normal role within your department. If she copies other people in, make sure the reply also copies them in.
Aaaarggghhhhhh that would drive me crazy. She's trying to make it look like she's in charge of you, I'd have to say something, return her emails, ask her to please not remind you of things you have under control.
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