Other side of the coin.
I am that boss, we have certain policies and procedures in place for a reason. When something goes to shit there's a policy that needs to be followed as well a process, this insures that everything is done step by step.
An employee, who was subject to this policy decides to take it upon himself to conduct the investigation using a different process not detailed in our corporate policy. Even though his findings were accurate, it is not what we have documented in our corporate quality management system.
I told him he had to do it over, he gets mad and starts to argue about the process, and the policy.
Finally I had enough and basically broke it down as follows.
This is your job, part of your job responsibilities involves following company policy, you didn't follow company policy. There fore in my opinion you didn't do your job. You can waste more of my time arguing about it, or you can take your ass back to your office, and redo the report following the company policy and process. Don't submit another damn thing until you have it completed following the process outlined in, (Gave him the corp document number).
This guy bitches about all of our internal processes, he is very smart/intelligent, but he gets down into the very minute details of everything and overlooks the big picture. He questions everything, no matter how elementary it is and is always looking to make changes that have no real impact, other then to suit his needs or likes.
A few hours later he comes back with the new correct report.
We discussed it and while his original report was correct, it didn't follow our policy. He understands that now.
Yes, it may be considered micro managerial, at the end of the day, I am responsible for the output of my employees. If I don't make them follow the policy, they won't feel inclined to do so.