As a business owner, you should know that delegation is an art. At first, you may think it takes away too much of your time and attention to delegate work to your team, but doing so actually frees you up to take on more priority projects or research ways to expand your business.
If done correctly, you’ll find your employees being more productive and, in turn, more satisfied with their work. When your workers know you trust them to get the job done because you delegate tasks that hold significant importance, it fuels them to succeed.
A great leader is one that can give their employees the push they need to take on any given task.
If you haven’t started delegating already, or are interested in shifting the way you delegate, keep reading as your business coaches at ActionCOACH SW Houston list 9 ways to master the art of delegating.
How to Delegate
1. Remember to give feedback at all times.
Make sure to provide constant feedback, both positive and constructive, to let the team member understand where they are succeeding and where there is room for growth.
You can anticipate better performance levels the more it gets its proper recognition and rewards. When someone proves their outstanding work ethic, make sure you are ready to provide generous promotions, salary raises, or bonuses, on top of full-hearted “thank-you’s.”
2. Monitor everything.
Monitoring the workflow of employees will both serve as motivation to them and as an opportunity to detect problems as they arise. A member that’s new to your team will need more supervision than those that are accustomed to working with/for you.
More advanced employees can be trusted to cover their duties independently without the need for micromanagement.
3. Be transparent with your employee expectations.
Make sure employees are aware of the responsibilities they agree to before accepting them. Make sure they understand what you want from them.
4. Delegate in the right areas.
Delegate recurring tasks, detailed work, attendance at meetings, and things that will involve your employees’ future responsibilities.
Assign the more important stuff to yourself, like performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, counseling and morale issues, confidential duties, tasks specifically for you, complex circumstances, and sensitive situations. Working on these priority tasks will allow you to see the big picture and shift your focus more on the details.
5. Be a guide when it is needed.
If the work fluctuates too far off from the planned rundown, take action without hesitation. You're not helping the process when stepping back from your tasks. Find an agreement on a strategy to return to the targeted goals. If there is no improvement in the situation, finish what you can and shift gears forward.
6. Grant your employees the authority needed to perform the task.
Any delegated task has to come with a delegation of authority, such as giving power and resources to get the job done. Authority can include giving the employee access to funds to spend, the ability to secure additional help from other team members, or acting in place of the department or company.
7. See delegation as an investment rather than a waste of time.
Leaders sometimes look at planning as something that gets in the way of getting their work done efficiently, but planning to delegate is a worthy investment for your employees, the culture of your company, and your business overall.
8. Take the skills of every team member into account.
When sending out a task, consider every person’s unique skills, fascination with the assignment, and current workload. Become familiar with their record of success on other close-knit assignments—the way they work with others, their greatest performance levels, and how well they work under pressure.
9. Make practical goals.
Make the goals of the task clear along with the key performance indicators that will be used to calculate results. Make goals that you know are specific, practical, relevant, and calculable.
Become a Master of the art of Delegating with ActionCOACH SW Houston
Once you get the hang of delegating, you’ll be closer to:
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