As a HR Person, I would like to know the views on HR professionals on the below-mentioned query:

"A person who micromanages, lacks trust on the team, criticizes all the efforts, who never had ears for other views and opinions"

How to deal with such a person if he/ she is in the top most management team?

From India, Mettupalayam
Dinesh Divekar

Dear member,

You have mentioned the negative personality traits of the top-most management team member. But what about positive personality traits? Are there no positive personality traits at all? Or is it that the negative traits outnumber or override the positive traits?

Have you noted down the instances why did he shout or why did he frustrate? Was his disapproval reasonable, but the method of expression of disapproval unreasonable? Please record the events and try finding out a pattern.

Going further, has the boss surrounded himself with low-IQ persons and they were bound to commit mistakes because of their low IQ?

Anyway, the description of the boss that you have mentioned is not new. There are millions the world over. These people, by virtue of their financial power, start a business and start thinking that not just business, but they own their employees also. Hardly do they think that humans are the important resources and not just the physical infrastructure for financial resources but people grow the businesses. People come up with innovative ideas and help develop products or services. However, to come up with innovative ideas, they need encouragement or motivation. The dominating bosses, on the contrary, destroy the motivation. So what is the way out?

The way out is to quit the job, if possible. I do not know how big Muttupalyam is and what job opportunities exist over there. But if opportunities are available, then look for a change. However, please note that at a large number of companies, you will find bosses of this kind. They consider their employees as chattel at their dispensation. Their focus is on managing people rather than managing the business.

It will be sheer luck if you come across a boss who listens to juniors. Therefore, even after changing a job also, you could experience landing in a frying pan from the fire.

When you cannot change the external world, it is better to change oneself. You could be a sensitive person. Therefore, desensitise yourself. Be a "don't care" master. I know it is easier said than done, however, for the sake of protecting the employment, you may do so. When checked Youtube, I found a few videos on how to manage difficult people. You may click the following link to refer to those:

A few people may advise you to learn a pseudoscientific approach to communication. Their claim is that it changes the person and all. However, how tall their claims are that they know best. Long ago our sages have told us:

स्वभावो नोपदेशेन शक्यते कर्तुमन्यथा |
सुतप्तमपि पानीयं पुनर्गच्छति शीतताम् ||

English Meaning: - One cannot change the nature of a person by giving him advice or telling him good things. (as even) If water is heated, after some time it again attains its normal temperature.

Hindi meaning: - किसी व्यक्ति को आप चाहे कितनी ही सलाह दे दो किन्तु उसका मूल स्वभाव नहीं बदलता ठीक उसी तरह जैसे ठन्डे पानी को उबालने पर तो वह गर्म हो जाता है लेकिन बाद में वह पुनः ठंडा हो जाता है.

Final comments: - Working under a boss who distrusts juniors leaves devastating effects on the minds of the juniors. Therefore, take care of your health. Check your blood pressure every year. Earn money but also think that there is a life after 60!


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

It is difficult to deal with such a situation when the person is from the top management team. But as an HR person you should not keep silent. It is your duty to report such attitudes in black and white without looking into the minute aftereffects of such reporting. If you don't report, then the morale of the entire team will come down and they will start criticizing your for not taking initiative to report the bad attitude of their team leader, and of course, if you report, the management may take it differently. You can expect a negative reaction but that does not mean that you should keep silent. If the question is, " who will bell the Cat?", then I would say that the HR is the right person to bell the cat here! You can do it by including this issue in your monthly reports to Top Management.
From India, Kannur

Is this a question relating to an actual issue in your workplace, or just a theoretical or assignment question for a course you are doing?

If it is a real case in your workplace, please provide more context around the situation.

From Australia, Melbourne

Micromanagement is undesirable. It is even more trouble some if the top manager himself exhibits that behaviour.

In such situations please consider the options with the associated risk in every option.

You will be the sufferer. If no other option is available patiently wait for a change to come.
Be bold and try to speak. Try sending confidential mail.
I donít know if it will work. Consequences may be severe even to the extent of losing your JV.
Try to change your job as soon as possible.
Ask your self what you would do if you change the job. You may end up with a worse personality.

From India
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