26th July 2018
In order to be able to delegate effectively, your time management skills need to be on point. Delegation is all about increasing efficiency but even if you’re good at managing your time, you may find yourself micromanaging too much and unable to relinquish control.
The reason that so many managers are unable to delegate is the fear of putting trust into another person’s abilities to get the job done – something that’s compounded by the fact that this person is normally someone with less seniority than yourself. But the benefits of delegating tasks can be immense, for when you’re not spending your time on smaller tasks, you’ll have the time, capacity and energy to focus on more important facets of the business.
While that might be the most obvious benefit of effectively delegating tasks, there are others too: for example learning how to delegate will enable you to develop a sense of trust and camaraderie with the people that you work with.
From an employee point of view, if you are delegating to them, it’s speaking volumes about the faith you have in their capabilities and will make them feel more valued by you and more engaged with the company as a result. In addition to this, when your team or staff are given more responsibilities, it enables them to grow within their role and develop their skill sets – something that can only be a good thing for the business in general. And who knows, you may even find new ways of tackling tasks that are more efficient!
So, if we’re in agreement that delegating is a good thing for you, your people, and your business, what is there to stop you? The majority of people, when asked why they don’t delegate, will tell you that it is “quicker and easier to do the job themselves” – let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. But the fact is, you need to learn to loosen your grip a little. If you’re struggling to take a leap of faith and let others perform tasks for you, start small: no one is suggesting you hand over an important project to the intern, but by allocating smaller tasks to team members you have faith in, you’re taking your first baby steps towards delegation.
One of the main issues with learning to delegate is fearing that the job will not be done to your standards. Therefore you need to give your employee the best possible chance of succeeding at the job you’ve assigned to them by being very clear in your instructions and telling them if there is a deadline. This will enable them to perform to the best of their abilities – and lessen the chances of you having to step in, pick up the pieces and do it yourself. And of course, there’s always the very real possibility that they do a first rate job, allowing you to give them more projects while you move on to more important things.