Whether you’re a hands-on manager who likes to be as involved in every decision as possible or more of a laissez-faire leader focused on the big picture than everyday details, one thing is for certain – you cannot do everything. A line must be drawn somewhere. Some of your company’s work must be delegated to others, and this guide can help you do so as effectively as possible.
- Trust Is Essential
Delegating work cannot work if you don’t trust people to do it. That also means giving people work that you can actually trust them to do without you, which in turn means giving an appropriate workload. Giving complicated casefiles to an entry-level worker on their first week with the company isn’t “delegating,” it’s dumping an impossible workload on them. This will only result in them feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, which doesn’t make for a productive team. Trust your associates to be able to get work done the right way, and to likewise delegate the right kinds of work to the right employees within your organization.
- Develop People
Another way of combating that aforementioned issue with burnout is by training people. Before giving people large caseloads or specialized work, give them the training and insight they need to succeed. To accomplish this, consider setting up training programs and seminars.
- Embrace Creativity and Autonomy
One of the most important things about delegating work is that it gives people the opportunity to show off their creative side. When delegating work to people, let them try and complete that work their own way as much as possible within the context of your work expectations.
- Pushing People
A light touch is required here. On the one hand, pushing people too much can lead to all the problems with overwhelmed undertrained staff mentioned above. On the other hand, pushing employees slightly while providing them with training and support can enable them to reach a whole new level of personal and professional achievement.
Proper delegation is an essential part of any well-run organization.