Business leaders juggle a significant amount of tasks and responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, and more often than not, attempt to take care of everything themselves.
Workplace demands can become overwhelming and sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. While delegating is an essential skill for business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders, it can often be a challenging habit to pick up.
However, when performed correctly, delegating will help members of your team expand their skill sets and increase their ownership over their work. It can also help to refocus your efforts onto bigger projects and explore new possibilities that will drive greater value in your business.
Not only does delegating improve efficiency, it can help reduce time pressures (time management) and the risk of burnout. For the best possible outcome, delegation should be approached in a professional manner.
1. Match tasks with the right person
Take the time to understand the skills and capabilities of your team and match tasks accordingly. This will help to ensure employees are capable and confident in completed the job. When delegating tasks to an employee, first explain to them why they were chosen and then the expected outcomes of the task. Consider including a backup person for greater flexibility.
2. Communicate clear expectations
Delegation is most successful when the nominated person for the task clearly understands your expectations, their role and responsibilities, and intended outcomes. Be sure to provide thorough instructions and offer your assistance throughout completion of the task. Developing key metrics to assess and measure their success will also help to ensure you are both on the same page.
3. Empower staff
Although it can be tempting to micromanage, remember it won't improve employee performance or results. Employees need to feel accountable for their work, so give them enough space to best put their talents to work. Encouraging them to work independently will demonstrate your trust and ultimately deliver more value to the delegated task.
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The information provided in this information sheet does not constitute advice. The information is of a general nature only and does not take into account your individual situation. It should not be used, relied upon, or treated as a substitute for specific professional advice. We recommend that you contact Brentnalls SA before making any decision to discuss your particular requirements or circumstances.