Is it appropriate to ask your directs to share their electronic calendar with you? or will it be perceived as micro-management?
When I started here 18 months ago, my boss asked me to share my outlook calendar. Of coarse, I did so. After all, he is the boss. He also shares his calendar with me.
He has only asked me once about my calendar. He told me I shouldn't block myself as "Busy" when I make appointments with myself to get work done.
I actually get value from his calendar sharing. I check every couple of weeks or when I have something I perceive as important to discuss. If he has a meeting with his boss or some other high priority item, I have a chance to decide weather I do need to interrupt him or not. It avoids interrupting your boss when they are "Available" but really working on their powerpoint for the huge presentation later today.
My question is really, should I ask my directs to share their calendar with me (I would do the same)? Is this too much micro-management? Should every manager do this?