Delegating Work

A boss who delegates work to one’s employees will gain a lot of benefits. But there are several reasons that could discourage one from delegating work. For example, the boss might be afraid that his employees will make big mistakes, or he might think that he can do the work better, or he might be afraid that his employees will become better than him. However, the true measure of a good boss is one who knows how to delegate work to his employees. By doing so, he is showing that he trusts his employees, and takes work delegating as an opportunity for them to improve and grow.

Furthermore, a good boss knows that even if his employees make a mistake, that is a part of their learning process, and they will eventually be very good at what they are doing. On the other hand, employees may not accept the work delegation, because they are afraid they may not do the job properly, or that they don’t have the time to work on the tasks, or that you haven’t given them enough information regarding how to do their tasks. Therefore, you should supply them with all the necessary information and time to fulfill their tasks. Pretty soon, these tasks will become second nature to them.

What Should you Delegate

You should delegate your tasks if you think that this will cost you less in terms of hourly rate. Furthermore, you can give the tasks to your employees if you know that they can do a better job with it. But if you can do it better than them, you can still give them the task so that they will become independent. You should also delegate tasks just because you already have too many tasks, and giving some of those to your employees will lighten the load. Most importantly, your employees will grow and have expanded perspectives regarding their roles in your team.

Of course there are tasks that you should not delegate; tasks that are personal, confidential, routine, and tasks that do not give your employees the chance of learning anything valuable.

How to Delegate Work

You can delegate work in different ways. You can start with small chunks, like throwing out the trash, cleaning the glass or the sink. You can also delegate a bigger chunk, like having someone do an after-party clean up of your place.

People doing the bigger chunks have ownership of their tasks. They are free how to go about their own ways of fulfilling or accomplishing the tasks given. For those who are given smaller chunks, you usually give instructions to go with the tasks and how you want things to be done. Big chunks require lots of trust. It has to be give to the right people. There are people who do not want to be given these big chunks of work. These people tend to go for the smaller tasks.

Here’s what I see in my business. I’ve been working with two people from the Philippines for about three months now. This is a process which started off with giving little tasks that were fully explained. Gradually, if trust grows or develops, and if people understand the whole process better, you can start giving bigger chunks.

I did it wrong at the beginning by starting off with chunks that were way too big. I’ve started all over with smaller tasks and having people get accustomed to what and how I would like things to be done. They can still be given the liberty to somehow do things their own way.

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