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Need advice. How to tackle with micro management

I have been a victim of micro management from both my manager and second line. They both are very well friends and does a lot of micromanagement inside the team. I with 2 colleagues in a team of 4, feel the same and we discuss what to do on a daily basis.

It's impacting our mental health. We are thinking to leave IBM asap. But is there anything we can do here? Get some help from HR?

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A 30 min call once a week is micromanaging? You young bucks are babies. Go back to mommy and daddy for your entitlement.

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@3fmu+1bb9lDj3

A 30-minute call each week isn't really micro-management. I would say that's pretty reasonable depending on job role (sales is pretty normal). Now the content of the call may be meaningless, which is a separate issue!

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Post ID: @4pho+1bb9lDj3
Micro management usually happens when the employee isn't performing

The employee being the manager. They are probably fearing for their job and trying to look/feel important.

Get out while you can. Or wait for a package.

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Post ID: @3bao+1bb9lDj3

Micro management usually happens when the employee isn't performing . . . Do you struggle with your role? Are you on a PIP?

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Post ID: @3eyi+1bb9lDj3

Have you tried a front on tackle with roll to the side? Remember that head and shoulder tacking is illegal.

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Post ID: @3wwp+1bb9lDj3

i have it as well ATM - meaningless 30 minute call every week, and they just talk about whats going on at the weekend etc.. its like F...Off

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Post ID: @3fmu+1bb9lDj3

I had a manager who liked to try and micro manage me at IBM. My solution...I was buddies with the GM and went around my manager and worked directly with the GM. Man did that pi-s my manager off. He couldn't touch me and he knew it. LOL. Suck it ZL.

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Post ID: @2ntx+1bb9lDj3

Sounds like you might work in NA Digital Sales, the leader and his minion micromanage every team/person and task. Reporting to HR will do nothing for you but put the target on your back...said minion above was reported by over 20 people for toxic work environment and guess what....minion is still there....many of the 20 who reported have retired, been RA'd or left the company.

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Post ID: @2gfh+1bb9lDj3

Some people like to be micromanaged because if the manager makes every small decision, the employee just has to follow and not think. But if you want even a little freedom, a micromanager is not for you.

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Post ID: @1ioa+1bb9lDj3

Micromanagement at IBM happened to me in the past twice for 2 different reasons. First time it was because later the manager said my team was under consideration for RA and he was trying to build a case to keep us. Manager left IBM soon after due to stress. Second time (different team) it was because my manager was under consideration for RA because he didn’t make his numbers and he was stealing credit from his reports. Everyone transferred away from him but he is still employed at IBM. Chances are strong either your team is under question or your manager is under question. Your approach of leaving as soon as possible is the best option.

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Post ID: @1chv+1bb9lDj3

You hit the nail right on the head. My experience with my last manager was the manager never called me . Had know clue what I did. Kept dumping more and more work on me until I had a breakdown. I retired from the shithole called IBM. I am now recovering from the constant abuse.

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Post ID: @1jzo+1bb9lDj3

Document everything and Report him as a “bully” to HR. HR will side with him no matter what, but at least you’ll know you took a stand before you quit or they lay you off.

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Post ID: @1eks+1bb9lDj3

Mate, talk to your manager. Tell him you need space to work or whatevs. At least give it a chance and talk to him/her.

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Post ID: @1kje+1bb9lDj3

HR does nothing for the employee- they are not there for you. You have no recourse but to leave. I would do so before they put you on a plan to leave, as that is typically what the micro-management is about- to henpeck to build a reason to put you on plan as needing high levels of supervision.

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Post ID: @usf+1bb9lDj3

Dont goto hr, change your teams if you have to until you figure out how to get outta here.

Hr is there to protect the company, not you. They'll lay you off giving some performance reasons.

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Post ID: @afj+1bb9lDj3

You have to figure out WHY they are doing it, and figure out how to solve that.

Or you could all submit your resignations simultaneously - if you are all your manager has to manage, they will be very exposed one they have zero people to manage.

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Post ID: @qdj+1bb9lDj3

It is kinda surprising…. IBM managers are known to be lazy, in Lab Services US for sure there is no micro management. You will hardly hear from your manager during the year. Which makes you wonder why we need them!!!

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Post ID: @xhq+1bb9lDj3

Define micro management in this situation.

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