eyeHow – Delegating Successfully

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According to the US Government, these New Year’s resolutions are popular year after year. One of my resolutions this year was to get better at delegating and when I looked at this list I thought, hmm, I could actually achieve nearly all of these as well if I got better at delegating:

  • Drink Less Alcohol (not an issue for me but sometimes I feel so overwhelmed I think a drink might help!)

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  • Eat Healthy Food (I could delegate someone to cook it for me!)
  • Get a Better Education (I could go to class and learn to cook more healthily if I delegated some of my work!)
  • Get a Better Job (I love my job but I could delegate some of the day to day!)
  • Get Fit (Delegating would give me time to exercise more!)
  • Lose Weight (See above!)
  • Manage Debt (I don’t delegate enough so don’t have time to shop and get into debt)
  • Manage Stress (Delegating would definitely reduce my stress)

You get the idea, delegating successfully can help you achieve your goals so here are some eyeHow delegating tips the right way to get results that I found in U.S. Vision’s Supervisor’s Support newsletter.

One important trait of a good supervisor is the ability to delegate wisely. Delegation not only helps reduce your workload so you can concentrate on other important issues, but it also indicates to employees that you believe in their ability to do the job well. An added bonus? Your employees increase their self-confidence and motivation too. It’s a win-win situation for both of you.

When delegating:

  1. Assign the complete task to the employee: This gives the person total responsibility for the task without having to rely on others.
  2. Choose the right employee for the job: Assess the skills and capabilities needed for the task, and then assign the task to the best-suited employee.
  3. Clearly communicate the anticipated results: Give the employee all the information needed and succinctly describe the required results. Don’t expect your employee to do it “your way.” Let the person carry out the task as he or she chooses (as long as the results are acceptable).
  4. Delegate authority: Be sure you empower the employee with the needed authority to carry out the task. If you’re still making all of the decisions, then you haven’t truly delegated it.
  5. Ask for feedback: Plan on weekly written status reports that include what was accomplished and any potential roadblocks encountered. This will help keep you informed and prevent you from being caught off guard when problems develop.
  6. Keep the lines of communication open: Provide any additional information that will be helpful, and be available to brainstorm any setbacks or concerns.
  7. Evaluate: Evaluate the results, not the methods. If the employee wasn’t able to complete the task to your expectations, meet with the employee and discuss what went wrong and what he or she might do differently the next time. If the employee completed the task to your satisfaction, then celebrate a job well done.Source: SkillPath Training