over·​man·​age | \ ˌō-vər-ˈma-nij How to pronounce overmanage (audio) \
overmanaged; overmanaging

Definition of overmanage

transitive + intransitive

: to manage (a group, organization, etc.) with excessive control and supervision overmanaging their staff … seemed to overmanage his bullpen in a couple of games when he didn't have to.— David Schoenfield If stress is caused by parents overmanaging their children, then mindful parenting seems like the opposite of the solution.— Hanna Rosin Control the tendency to overmanage.— Charles Curran and Lewis Miller

Other Words from overmanage

overmanagement \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈma-​nij-​mənt How to pronounce overmanage (audio) \ noun
… leadership thinkers … who may have overemphasized overmanagement — Greg McKeown
overmanager noun, plural overmanagers
In practice, the overmanager physically or virtually hovers over her employees as they work on projects. — Gregory Alford

First Known Use of overmanage

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Overmanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmanage. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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