How to Develop Levels of Trust and Stop Micromanaging Employees

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Wednesday, August 5, 2020

How to Develop Levels of Trust and Stop Micromanaging Employees

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Wednesday, August 5, 2020

What does it mean to trust your employees? Many business owners might think that trusting employees refers to trusting them with financial information or sensitive documents. This is a certain type of trust. And obviously, you need to hire employees whom you can trust in this way.

But there are also other types of trust that are needed while running a business, such as trusting your employees to do a good job or trusting them to run the business in your absence. You can also trust them to make on-the-spot business decisions as and when necessary.

Develop Levels of Trust

There are also levels of trust. Maybe you can only trust an administrative assistant to do things that are less important to the company as a whole. But shouldn’t you be able to trust your office manager to make certain decisions about running the office?

A person doesn’t get to be an office manager without having a certain number of years of experience. So you know that they are capable of working independently and will make decisions that benefit the company in some way.

Provide Overall Guidance

There’s no point in hiring an office manager if you, the business owner, are constantly going to keep telling them exactly what to do and overseeing all their movements. Yes, you can provide overall guidance but once you’ve finished doing that, you have to let go of the task.

Then, it doesn’t matter whether they’ve ordered 5 boxes of paper or 10, or whether they got one brand of pens or the other. If you’re going to stay involved at this type of level, then there’s not much point in having an office manager anyway.

Stop Micromanaging

Micromanagement is something that a lot of entrepreneurs end up doing because they just don’t want to relinquish control over the little things. This is their business and they want everything to be exactly the way they want it.

But this is the kind of trust you need to develop if you want to run your business successfully. Once you are sure you’ve hired reliable people who will make the right decisions and you’ve trained them sufficiently, you need to stop micromanaging and let them do their jobs.