Bringing American culture closer to new immigrants
Micromanagement has gained a really bad reputation over the past ten years.
In business management, micromanagement is a management style where a manager closely observes or controls the work of his or her subordinates or employees. Wikipedia
It has a negative connotation and is unanimously perceived as a counterproductive managerial style. People complain they are being “micromanaged to death”. Websites provide tips on how to deal with a micromanaging boss or avoid micromanagement.
There is an interesting website Stop Micromanagement.com., with one of its posts titled “What do the flies and micromanages have in common”? The mere existence of which says a lot about the popularity of micromanagement.
Cultures differ, however. What seems to be disastrous for America might, to some extent, work in India, China or Russia. Again, to some extent. Nevertheless, I believe that American culture is absolutely not compatible with micromanagement. And here are ten whys:
There is an opinion that micromanagement in America is a middle management sin. That might explain the derogatory usage of such terms as “McDonald’s management”, “Hamburger management”, etc.
Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of “Nickeled and Dimed”, describes the world of entry level jobs (that are mostly micromanaged) comparing it to a totalitarian regime.
Here’s an excerpt from Robert Birnbaum’s interview with Barbara Ehrenreich
I did think of prison now and then in these jobs, because you really check your civil rights at the door when you go into some of these jobs. Your freedom of speech, forget about freedom of assembly, any kind of privacy rights. All gone, [when] you enter there. You leave what you thought was America behind and you enter a totalitarian state where you have these rules, where you are being watched, where you are punished for little things.
So, micromanagement doesn’t fit US American culture. Of course, it is not always a total nightmare Barbara talks about, but even a small amount of it in a quiet office space leaves employees dissatisfied and undermines their work performance.