I am a high-C first-time manager supervising two temporary unpaid direct reports. One of the reasons is that my boss wanted me to gain managerial experience in a "safe" environment. However, she has indicated her concern that I might be micromanaging my team. I should note that she generally follows a very relaxed managerial style (eg, she never sets deadlines, refuses to help me clarify which things are urgent when I have too much on my plate) and is more interested in providing a vision than ensuring its execution.
My approach is as follows:
On their respective first days, I met with each employee and outlined the deliverables for which they will be responsible for. I shared with them the project plan which included milestones and due dates for the next two months. Typically, this took the shape of saying "the first draft is due on X, the second draft is due on Y, and the final version is due on Z". I also specified the kind of language and tone that each deliverable document should have (eg, keep it accessible, non-bureaucratic, avoid passive tense or "you must" statements).
Generally, this planning allows us to have review meetings every week to discuss progress, introduce adjustments where necessary, and share feedback - as well as talk about employees' interests and career aspirations. In short, my take on O3s.
Once the assignments are given and the planning shared, I never check on their work until the next review meeting - unless they have questions for me, which I am happy to address. I do tend to go through their submissions carefully and give detailed feedback on all aspects of the work - from the tone and the depth of content coverage to the relevance of images and illustrations used. I also informed my team that I need all work submitted to me by Friday COB, so that I can review it in detail over the weekend and we can have a productive meeting on Monday (I hate situations where a manager is handed a 50-page document an hour before the meeting and is expected to give feedback on it).
The only "commandment" I have issued is that I expect to be copied on all emails that go "upstairs". Recently, I left on a two-week vacation and intentionally did not check in on the work being done (although I was available to review e-mail submissions as they came in).
Does this sound micro managerial?