The term “micromanagement” has a negative connotation and for good reason. In general, people don’t like to have someone literally or figuratively looking over their shoulder while they perform their work. At the same time, managers are often faced with employees who—for a variety of reasons—ask for more help in performing relatively straightforward tasks.
This could be because they simply want to shift their work to someone else, but it’s often because they are unsure of themselves and afraid of making mistakes. It’s ultimately a confidence issue.
When Employees Fail to Take Initiative
When an employee frequently