b Self-Helpless: True Tales of a Working Girl: Does Workaholic = Micromanager?

4/06/2006

 

Does Workaholic = Micromanager?

As you folks know, I have extensive experience working for micromanagers. While I do not believe that every workaholic is a micromanager, I would have to say this is the case most of the time. I’ll tell you why.

Definition of a Workaholic: One who has a compulsive and unrelenting need to work. It is sometimes linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder… just like someone who micromanages.

Definition of a Micromanager: One who directs or controls in a detailed, often meddlesome manner.

As I’ve mentioned before, many micromanagers are individuals suffering from a compulsive disorder (which may be helped by a swift kick, or not).

Workaholic Behavior:
Need to control
Inflexibility
Perfectionism
you bring work home
You think about work and how to “fix” things while at home or on vacation
You want to do it all yourself; you do not properly delegate tasks

Micromanaging Behavior:
Need to control
Inflexibility
Perfectionism
Excessive criticism
You want to do it all yourself; you do not properly delegate tasks

As with micromanagers, workaholics also tend to suffer from low self esteem. Micromanagement and workaholism are irrational behaviors. Both result in damaged/diminished social relationships, health problems and distorted thinking. Long ago, the term workaholic was used as a compliment. Since business changed and office cultures evolved, so has the term.

If someone you know is a workaholic, it may be time to throw them a life preserver and tow them to safety. They can be shown the way. If someone you know is a micromanager, tie an anvil to their ankle and throw them overboard. They won’t be missed.

Copyright 2006 Pied Piper Consulting

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