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Towards Effective Management in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: The Dangers and Consequences of Micromanagement

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Cleary, M and Hungerford, C and Lopez, V and Cutcliffe, JR, Towards Effective Management in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: The Dangers and Consequences of Micromanagement, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36, (6) pp. 424-9. ISSN 0161-2840 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/01612840.2014.968694

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental Health Nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:107279
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-09
Last Modified:2016-03-09
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