Wed 21 Mar 2007
How to Delegate Better
As a small business owner, you know that you're often pressed for time - and you're probably stumped as to what to do about it. The answer — delegate — sounds simpler than it actually is!
The inability to delegate is one of the most common problems faced by small business owners. Managing is basically getting results by organizing your work and getting help when you need it.
Many entrepreneurs are good at dumping things, but they lack delegating techniques. They often tend to offload things that they dislike doing, or give assignments to their subordinates or outsourced vendors without adequate guidance.
On the other hand, some business owners are of the opinion that delegating is the best way to assign work. However, this course of action may not be right either. Delegation works when employees are willing and competent to handle the job. But if your employees are not competent or willing, then delegating work to them is not a good choice.
Before delegating work to your employees, you should make sure they have the knowledge to get the job done right the first time. True delegation takes place when you give your employees assignments that they are capable of handling, and in return ask them what they need from you. You can only delegate someone to do a certain job if they know how to accomplish it. There is a simple technique to understand how much control you can give your employees.
- First, check whether the employee has the ability and skills to do the work.
- Then check whether they have the motivation or willingness to take on the delegated job.
- Make sure that delegating the job to them will help your employees to grow in professionally, to give them some incentive to do well.
- Consider how the delegation will affect other team members, and whether it sets a good example.
Before thinking about delegation and how to make it work better, you should strive to give maximum freedom to your employees to and to increase their productivity.