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Deciding to Delegate

January 9th, 2012

You know what you want done, and you know how you would do it. But, sometimes, for efficiency, and your sanity, you need to let go of the reins. Learning what, and how, to delegate can make your days far more productive. A few of our best suggestions:

1. Assess what is necessary to complete the task at hand. Does someone else in the office have the information necessary to complete it? If not, can that information be relayed through a short email? If the answers are yes, this is a task that can be delegated to others.

2. As yourself, ”Is this a task that will be repeated regularly?”; If so, the time invested in teaching someone else to complete it will pay off.

3. Remember that giving your employees responsibility helps office morale. Bosses who micromanage can annoy employees, and make them feel that they aren’t trusted to complete tasks properly on their own. Give you employees some room, and they will be pleased with your confidence in them.

But, don’t forget these three delegating don’ts:

1. Do not delegate a task to someone else just because you don’t want to do it yourself. This destroys office morale instead of building it. As a rule of thumb, don’t give someone else a task you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself.

2. Do not delegate things that everyone in the office knows you should be doing yourself. This makes others see you as someone shirking responsibility rather than effectively leading a team.

3. Don’t take credit for others’ work. If one of your subordinates completed a report, make sure that your boss knows it.

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