How do you deal with micromanaging skip level boss ?

Bank of America / IT cwed1234
Jun 10 9 Comments

We have a new boss in our team who very micromanaging and needs summary or any task as soon as possible .How do you deal with a skip level boss who keeps pilling up work on you from the seniors in your team ,without asking you.Since he is new ,I am unsure if I should say no to the additional tasks he is pilling up on me ?

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  • Adobe mercury10
    I dunno. Tough spot. It's kinda chain of command and you should probably just relay to your direct that this is going on. So, basically, your manager has priorities and if they conflict with their manager then they need to sort it out. They shouldn't be doing it through you. The faster you turn this into a conversation between them, the faster it'll get resolved.
    Jun 10 5
    • Bank of America / IT cwed1234
      OP
      That is a good suggestion actually .I also noticed that my skip level boss tend to make the decisions for the team without consulting with the team.like defining the deadlines target dates for a project.
      I don’t have a lot of working experience and it was feeling good that I have this kind of visibility that I can talk to my skip level boss directly,but now it’s turning worse than good
      Jun 10
    • Adobe mercury10
      Yeah, so, visibility is great but I think it's weird that they aren't delegating these tasks to their directs. Ultimately if they keep doing it, I'd just focus on priorities set by your direct, but make sure your manager is aware of these requests. Like cc or forward your manager.
      Jun 10
    • Bank of America / IT cwed1234
      OP
      He basically just ask me to do the tasks verbally.But I do communicate to my boss about all the tasks.Thank you for the tips :)
      Jun 10
    • Adobe mercury10
      No worries, sounds like your skip level may have read a hip book about agile management. 😜 Cheers and good luck.
      Jun 10
    • Bank of America / IT cwed1234
      OP
      Thank you 😊

      His old team was agile to the level that they had meetings all day long ,I have seen his working style but I haven’t worked with him before .
      Jun 10
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    • Bank of America / IT cwed1234
      OP
      I agree with you.Thank you for sharing!!
      Aug 3
  • Have you tried saying no and explaining what an overhead he is adding?
    Jun 10 1
    • Bank of America / IT cwed1234
      OP
      Well I tried to ,he did not ask me and said “I want you to help with ..this this “ and said I should try this for 2 weeks and see how it goes
      Jun 11