Project Management

4 Delegation Best Practices

As a manager, it may not be the easiest thing for you to let go and delegate tasks to subordinates. There may be many reasons why. For instance, you don’t have full confidence in their success, or certain tasks you genuinely enjoy handling yourself. Whatever the case may be, delegation is not a negative to stray away from. Delegating can help lighten your workload on a day-to-day basis. If you are feeling anxious in doing so, Mary Shacklett discuses four delegation best practices in an article for TechRepublic:

  1. Delegate resources as well as work.
  2. Develop good relationships with your staff.
  3. Delegate work to employees who have the ability to do it well.
  4. Don’t abandon the work.

The Art of Not Working

Equip the person you are delegating a specific task to the proper resources. Never just hand over a project without instructions–be thorough. They need to be able to identify the work objective, why it is being done, and the methodology needed to complete it. As well, if you are aware of the complexity of resource acquisition, be accommodating and lenient with the timeline as well.

Having good relationships with your staff is important to any and every company, department, and assignment. Where there is trust and respect that flows both ways, doorways open up for safe and unrestricted discussions. Additionally, taking on a new assignment can be exciting and scary, so making your staff feel at ease through your relationship will be beneficial. However, Shacklett also warns you that people who do not get delegated certain work might feel jealous, so it might be necessary for you to explain your reasoning. In any case, do not let employees feel devalued.

Don’t just pick out a random employee for work; pick out someone whom you know is capable of successfully completing the work. Shacklett says, “In some cases, you might have staff who is already trained to do the work that you want to delegate. In other cases, you might be delegating to someone who has the aptitude to do the work, but who will be in a training mode until he or she gets up to speed.”

Just because you delegate work to someone else does not mean you are through with it though. You need to monitor and ensure that things are done the right way and in the right time. Doing the opposite can have very risky and severe consequences.

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