OTOH, the same manager STILL micromanages one of my coworkers -- a person who came to work late virtually every day for months, who took extra time for lunch and breaks every day and who did very poorly in terms of productivity and quality of work. This employee EARNED the punishment of being micromanaged and now is going to have to re-earn his autonomy, since he abused the privilege for so long. I think that micromanaging comes from a place of insecurity a lot of the time. "Is this employee capable? Are they going to make me look bad? Will they deliver?" So, from all the career advice stuff I've read and seen over the years, the most common advice seems to be 1)communicate with the manager about how you would like things to be 2) Keep the micromanager in the loop about work in progress and 3)deliver results. If the manager is inclined to change, that should help eventually.