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‘We are micromanaging our employees to death’

by Steve Jagler

OCTOBER 21, 2009

A natural reaction for many companies in the Great Recession has been to tighten managerial controls on everything from office supplies and cold-call sales schedules to travel expenses. To be sure, frugality, accountability and efficiency have their places in the first aid box of successful business strategies – to a point. It’s when micromanagement goes too far, however, that it costs American companies up to $300 billion a year, according to Brian Carney and Isaac Getz, authors of “Freedom, Inc,” a new business book subtitled, “Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth.”

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