Survey: More Than Half of Employees Have Worked for a Micromanager

Menlo Park, Calif. — July 1

Micromanagers are known for peering over employees’ shoulders, stifling their independence and meddling in the minutiae of their everyday work. And in a recent survey by staffing agency Accountemps, a majority of workers said they have firsthand experience with an overbearing boss.

Nearly 60 percent of employees in the survey said they’ve worked for a micromanager at some point in their careers. The survey also found the constant scrutiny has a negative impact on most workers. Of those who felt they’d been micromanaged, 68 percent said it decreased their morale and 55 percent said it hurt their productivity.

The survey included responses from more than 450 employees who work in an office environment in the United States.

Source: Accountemps