How to Avoid Micromanaging During a Group Work Assignment

How to Avoid Micromanaging During a Group Work Assignment

Although you like your coworkers, you’re the type who would rather work alone than on a team. However, you and a few other colleagues have been assigned a project to work on together. You can’t do it all, and it kind of bothers you. As a result, you may be incessantly contacting your coworkers, asking if they’ve gotten done with their portions and if you can help.

Obviously, behavior like this is incredibly irritating. Not only that, but it can quickly degrade relationships between colleagues. If you often end up micromanaging, it’s time to get some perspective and check out these tips for letting others sometimes take the wheel.

Learn to trust them. Simply put, the reason you feel like you have to get so involved in this project is because you don’t trust in your colleagues’ abilities to get the work done on time. If you learn more about them and maybe see them in action, you’ll soon realize they’re perfectly able to handle the work.

Keep in touch often. Don’t call or send emails 40 times a day, but do stop by their offices at least daily to check in and see how everything’s going. This lets your coworkers know the project is on your mind, too. However, they don’t necessarily feel like you’re breathing down their neck.

If you can, hold weekly meetings where you discuss the project as a group and any problem spots. If the project is due in a week, you may want to get together a few times before that deadline. These meetings can be informal. If you all discuss solutions to problems together as a group, you’re more likely to feel confident in the collective capabilities of your team.

Of course, there may sometimes be problems. Avoid pointing the finger at any one person. Unless a colleague was glaringly absent and didn’t do any work, with everyone’s name on the project, everyone is responsible for fixing any mistakes.