Some managers think they need to keep an eye on their staff, fearing that, if they don’t, those staff will nor give their maximum contribution. One of the problems is that the staff will know they are being watched and will lose motivation immediately, fearing they are not trusted to work to the best of their ability.
Of course, managers need to be in control but they need to be more careful about why and how they do It.
It is the work that has to be controlled, not the workers.
This is best done by comparing achievement and work completed to the planned schedule of work. This is why we measure work and establish targets. If those targets are set with the cooperation of the workforce and subsequent progress and achievement is also shared. the workforce will naturally seek to meet the agreed targets.
Transparency of planning and visibility of progress is much more effective than direct oversight.