The micromanaging boss who made his employees’ lives hell gets what’s coming to him

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on December 30, 2021.

When a boss micromanages every little detail of your work, it creates a toxic work environment that in turn affects productivity. Trust is a key factor in enabling people to manage their work responsibly. While some bosses understand this, some refuse to even try to understand how micromanagement can be harmful. Reddit user PugC talks about his boss who made his life hell by forcing him to write daily logs to document his work progress. Despite being told that such detailed reports would take up most of his time and therefore hinder the actual work, his boss insisted that he write down every little detail that happened in his team. The tough task served the employee well when his boss tried to blame him and his team for a major problem at work.

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PugC had shared his story on Reddit and titled the post: “Micromanager got what was coming to him.” He worked at a logistics facility and was a team leader, managing a crew of 60 employees. The team performed very well and no other facility or crew could match the work they did. “I found the work interesting and challenging until I got a new manager who focused on micromanagement. It wasn’t long before he wanted me to write a detailed log of how I managed my days, hours and 1/4 I told him this was a very bad idea, but if he wanted this, I would of course comply,” the team leader wrote.

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He made a log of the events that happened every 30 minutes, but his boss demanded they be more detailed and asked him to document every 15 minutes. His boss followed it for the first three weeks, but then gave up. The team leader realized that his boss was not following up after referencing the company’s failure to meet that specific benchmark. The boss, who had not read it, ignored it.

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As the weeks passed, he began to have his own fun with the logs. “I started adding a few tidbits that I had created. At first it was a line that told him that if he used a certain phrase when talking to me the following week, I would buy him a soda. He never used any of the sentences and therefore never got free things. An example of a sentence could be: ‘Pineapple is best served warm’ or ‘Apples are sweeter than oranges’, but these are unlikely to be random calls popped up on my reports and made fun of me for claiming it was a bad idea,” he wrote. While the team was having fun, he was also documenting potential problems and offering suggestions on how to fix them. There was no response from his boss .

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As it turned out, the potential problem turned into a full-blown crisis and the micromanager’s boss was in the soup. Instead of admitting it, he shifted the blame to the team leader and his team. A large meeting was called involving senior people, including several great people. His boss then decided to make him a scapegoat to escape blame. “He didn’t hold back and really gave me everything, to the extent that some of the big buyers started to stir uncomfortably. They could probably sense that he was overplaying his hand. After the tirade died down or he ran out of steam, I asked him if he was ready, if I could agree and leaned back in his chair, confident in his character assassination of me.

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He connected his laptop to a large screen and pointed out that he had informed his boss about the problem months ago and even suggested possible solutions to resolve the same. “I pointed out that they hadn’t been opened in a while. My user was the only one who created, edited and saved the logs,” he wrote. “One of the best moments was when I was able to show everyone that we had in fact proposed different solutions to the problem many times. I also recorded that we had had several meetings in which we discussed the problem, its causes and possible solutions ” he added. There were no responses from his boss.

His boss was seething with anger. “I can say with certainty that I have never seen a face angrier than his. He was furious! His boss asked him if he had anything to say for himself, but he didn’t really. The higher-ups even laughed to some of the jokes he inserted into the logs. His boss ended up losing his job “The micromanager’s boss who was fired eventually found a new, lower-level job at another company, but that only lasted for about a year. year. Five years later I saw him selling used cars in a neighboring town. “Life had not treated him well,” he concluded.