I work in a small company of around 20 people and the manager has recently started sending out emails indicating their desire to micromanage the whole company.
I want detailed time tracking in 15 minute increments.
I want to see what every minute is being spent on.
How can we improve if we do not know what we are spending our time on?
How can your manager understand what is on your plate and what you are struggling with?
How can we calculate sales commissions if we do not know the true cost of every job?
How can I justify my time and salary?
I like to focus for long periods to maximise my own productivity. I can't remember at the end of the day how long I spent on a particular task, especially when interrupted, and when I have to task-switch. Currently, to comply with these written instructions, I'm interrupting myself every 15 minutes to record what I'm doing, which breaks my concentration.
A commonly quoted figure is that it takes on average 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back into the flow after being interrupted. I never even get into the flow in the first place, and I sense that the manager thinks my output needs to be higher. This is despite doing a lot of things that are not in my job description, which the manager asks me to do. I'm happy to do these things, as long as it's understood that doing so will slow me down in my core duties.
How can I explain to the manager that:
- the lack of trust from being micromanaged will reduce productivity
- breaking the workflow before reaching maximum efficiency is incredibly wasteful, and will end up costing the company
- a large portion of my day is now recording in detail what work I've done
Or do I say to myself, "Company policy is not my problem", let them do whatever they want, and look for another job in the meantime?