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Towards Effective Management in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: The Dangers and Consequences of Micromanagement
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 17:43 authored by Cleary, M, Hungerford, C, Lopez, V, Cutcliffe, JR
Micromanagement refers to a management style that involves managers exercising control over team members, teams, and also organizations, particularly in relation to the minutiae or minor details of day-to-day operations. While there is no single reason why some managers may choose to micromanage, many micromanagers exhibit similar behavioral traits, a consequence of perfectionism and/or underlying insecurities. In the culture of high performance that characterizes many contemporary mental health contexts, micromanagement also provides one way by which teams can be driven to achieve targets. However, over time, micromanagement leads to reductions in staff morale, creativity, and productivity; and increases in staff turnover. This paper provides an overview of micromanagement, including points of consideration for managers interested in reflecting on their management styles, and strategies for mental health nurses who find themselves working for a micromanager.
Publication titleIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom