It is in our human nature to want to succeed and learn more skills, especially in the workplace. So why not empower our employees to do the same? By exercising effective delegation, your team can learn and fine-tune their skills, along with feeling valued and have more confidence to complete their job. Not only does your team benefit, but you will have more time to focus on other big-picture tasks. By following our tips, you can develop a well-rounded team that will help boost productivity and morale in the workplace.
Five Tips for Effective Delegation
- Know Your Employees’ Abilities
It is important to know the members of your team. It might be useful to inventory their skills and survey them regarding their interests. This makes it easier to delegate the right tasks to the right person. Remember the goal of delegation is to accomplish more in less time but also to develop your employees and maximize their strengths. You should also consider each employee’s motivation and workload when deciding to delegate a task.
- Great Communication is Necessary for Successful Delegation
Communication is so important to the delegation process! You must clearly explain why the job is important. In addition, you should describe in detail what results are expected and when the task needs to be completed. Finally, ask for feedback to ensure common understanding.
- Decide What Level of Authority you are willing to give the Employee
You want to give each employee some freedom in deciding how to accomplish the task. The authority and responsibility may be different for each individual. For some, it may mean perform the task only as instructed. For others, it might mean outlining options and then offering a recommendation. For still others, it might mean performing the task independently with little or no supervision.
- Do Not Expect Perfection the First Time
Remember you should not expect others to do the job as well as you can. Realize the delegated task may be a time for them to learn and grow.
- Establish a Follow-Up Process for Monitoring Progress
How much control or monitoring may depend on the individual’s experience and motivation. The type of working relationship you have with the person might also be a factor. Finally, the importance of the task is very essential.
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