My Manager Won’t Change His Style — Should I Just Quit?

Help! I have a manager that constantly does my job. I have talked to him on numerous occasions and have also talked to his manager about it. I've been here longer than he has and trained him on different systems. He not only does my job but everyone elses in different departments as well. He is very aggressive and told me he has OCD and is has been known to be a micromanager, but also explained that if he doesn't know what is going on, he freaks out! Whenever I keep him in the loop, he takes over and have on occasion messed everything up and I have to clean up the entire mess.

When I talked to him about it, he says he can't help it and in his mind, he has to go to the next thing or he can't rest! What kind of disorder is this!!!!!! It is very frustrating for everyone. Several people have reported him, but nothing has been done. I am a self starter and need little to no direction and I take pride in my work but feel that I can't do my best because of his actions. He wants to tell me exactly how to do a task, down to the very last detail. He has no regard for anyone else's feelings. My manager has also told me that he has a teenage daughter at home that does not want him around. If he is anything at home like he is at work (and I am sure he is) I completely understand why.

I recently talked to his manager and he said if it was his style of management that bothers me, there was nothing he could do about it and made me feel like I needed to apply for a different job. I have been an over achiever since my first day of employment and really have enjoyed working here. My manager hasn't been here for 2 years and I've been here for 5 years. HELPPPPPPP!!! Should I just look for another job, I can't take it anymore!

The Team Doc Says…

Micromanaging managers can really be a pain in the rear. I never worked well for that type either.

So here's the deal.

Your manager isn't going to change.

His manager isn't going to do anything about how he behaves and manages his team.

That means your only option left is up to you.

You need to decide if you can live with this type of work situation or not.

If you can't, it's time to look for another job.

I'm sad to say this happens in way too many companies.

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You are not alone, but I'm sure that's not real comforting.

Good luck to you in making your decision to move forward.


About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com