The Micromanager’s Guide to Being Everywhere and Nowhere at Once

Welcome to the hilariously frustrating world of micromanagement, where the boss’s watchful eye never blinks, and your every move is scrutinized to the point of absurdity. Working for a micromanager is like being trapped in a never-ending episode of “The Truman Show,” where your entire existence is monitored and controlled for the entertainment of your supervisor. So, let’s dive into the satirical realm of working under the reign of a micromanager and revel in the comedic chaos that ensues.

The Hovering Helicopter – Picture your micromanager as a helicopter, perpetually hovering above your desk, ready to swoop down and interrupt your thoughts. They’ll appear out of thin air, popping up behind you with the stealth of a ninja, and ask, “Whatcha working on?” as if they possess an insatiable curiosity about your every keystroke. Who needs privacy or personal space when a helicopter monitors your every move?

The Art of Delegation (Or Lack Thereof) – Micromanagers have a unique talent for assigning tasks while meticulously outlining every step of the process, right down to how you should breathe while completing them. They firmly believe their way is the only way, and any deviation will undoubtedly lead to the end of civilization as we know it. Forget creativity, innovation, or personal growth – your job is to execute their instructions to the letter, regardless of how ridiculous they may be.

Email Overload Extravaganza – Prepare yourself for an email avalanche of epic proportions. Micromanagers compulsively need to document every interaction, idea, and passing thought via email. Your inbox will be flooded with urgent subject lines, follow-ups to previous emails, and carbon copies to half the office for tasks as trivial as refilling the stapler. Sorting through this digital labyrinth will make you question the meaning of life and the purpose of the “Delete” button.

Decision-Making Dilemmas – Working for a micromanager means bidding farewell to your decision-making capabilities. Why trust your expertise and judgment when your supervisor is ready to leap in and second-guess your every choice? It’s a masterclass in decision paralysis as you are paralyzed by the fear of making a wrong move, constantly seeking approval for even the most minor decisions. Remember, your micromanager knows best – or so they think.

The Red Pen Brigade – Brace yourself for the perpetual revision cycle that awaits you. Your micromanager will review your work with a fine-toothed comb, suggesting edits and revisions to make your head spin. It’s as if they possess an uncanny ability to spot mistakes where none exist, transforming a simple email into a literary masterpiece worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. You’ll become an expert in tracking changes and marvel at the transformation of your work from mediocre to mildly less mediocre.

The Checklist Circus – Micromanagers love their checklists. They create extensive lists for every task, subtask, and sub-subtask imaginable. It’s like being caught in a whirlwind of Post-it notes and Excel spreadsheets. You’ll find yourself completing a task only to discover five more jobs added to the checklist before you can blink. It’s a circus of never-ending checkboxes that will have you wondering if you accidentally joined the Ringling Brothers instead of a regular office job.

The Office Psychic – Micromanagers possess the extraordinary ability to predict the future. They’ll hover over your shoulder, offering unsolicited advice and guidance, convinced they know the outcome of every decision you’re about to make. It’s like having a personal psychic who claims to have a direct line to the universe’s master plan. Oh, the marvels of their clairvoyance!

The Art of Stealth – When working for a micromanager, it’s crucial to master the art of stealth. Sneak around the office, tiptoeing like a ninja, trying to avoid being spotted. Because once you catch their attention, there’s no turning back. They’ll swoop in like a helicopter parent on a mission, ready to dissect your every move and suggest 27 alternative ways. Embrace your inner secret agent and become the office ninja!

The Email Avalanche – Brace yourself for the onslaught of emails from your micromanager. They’ll send emails about emails, follow-up emails, and reminder emails, all within 10 minutes. You’ll be drowning in a sea of “URGENT” subject lines and red exclamation marks, desperately trying to keep up with the barrage of electronic commands. Don’t forget to check your spam folder; you might find an email titled “Did you receive my previous email?” buried there.

The Case of the Missing Autonomy – Working for a micromanager means bidding farewell to autonomy and embracing a dictatorship-like work environment. Your ideas will be dismissed, your creativity suppressed, and your decision-making skills questioned. Forget about being innovative or taking risks; your job is simply to execute orders. It’s like being trapped in a creativity vacuum where the air is sucked out and replaced with an endless loop of “I know best.”

Working for a micromanager is a comedic rollercoaster ride filled with absurdity, frustration, and moments that will leave you questioning your sanity. While we jest about the challenges, it’s important to remember the negative impact of micromanagement on employee morale and productivity. It’s essential to foster a healthy work environment that values trust, autonomy, and the growth of employees.

So, my fellow survivors of micromanagement, let’s laugh at the absurdity, find solace in the shared experiences of others, and work towards creating workplaces where the comedic chaos of micromanagement is nothing but a distant memory.


This article is purely satirical and intended for entertainment purposes only. Micromanagement can have detrimental effects on employee well-being and job performance.


Rich Jones is the Founder/Principal of Leading2Leadership LLC. Before starting his strategic planning agency, he spent over 20 years in leadership roles in the financial services sector. Before becoming an executive in the financial services sector, Rich was an entrepreneur, building and selling two businesses and working for early-stage start-up companies in executive roles in marketing, business development, and seeking investment partners. With more than three decades of experience, he brings innovative thought to companies and executives. Rich published “Leading2Leadership, a Situational Primer to Leadership Excellence.” The book is available on and was designed to be used as a book study for leadership development programs; it breaks leadership skills into manageable situations for discussion and reflection. Rich works with credit unions, CUSOs, and vendors, designing digital, data, culture, marketing, and branding transformation strategies. In 2014, Chosen as a Credit Union Rock Star by CU Magazine, and in 2018, Rich received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council. A Marine and graduate of Colorado State University, Jones shares his expertise at

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