When Micro-Managers Are a Good Thing

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Micro-ManagersYou may resent it when you get a new job and find that micro-managers and co-workers are constantly looking over your shoulder, but it turns out that this can actually be a good thing. Recent research proves that new employees adjust and adapt much better to the workplace if there are structured programs in place for them, like orientation training and specific mentorship programs.

This is according to a new study from the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph in Canada. "Simply throwing newcomers into a job and letting them fend for themselves results in their being socialized by default rather than design," said Jamie Gruman, an organizational behavior professor in the Department of Business and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

It seems that if you want to be fully committed to your work and perform to the best of your ability, you need to be personally engaged in your job. The researchers define engagement as "spending time thinking about the job, becoming engrossed in one's work."

Most organizations realize that this affects their productivity and competitiveness. Look at companies like Google and Zappos, which go all out to make sure their employees are engaged -- their dominance in their industries are a good indication that this works.

The study looked at various companies' on-boarding tactics and found that employees were happier, more confident and had stronger beliefs that they fit both the job and organization when the orientation and training was more focused and intense.

So, while you may be able to claim "no one told me," as an excuse when you screw up at first in a job that has a more lax training policy, you might not need to use that excuse in a company that's more hands on initially. Rather than resent the scrutiny, embrace it, knowing that you'll be happier in your job in the long run.

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