Delegation takes trust. Do you have enough to be able to delegate tasks? Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself.
- Is the worker matched to the task? Try to match jobs to skills. Assign jobs based on talent not just those who have time.
- Do you give your workers the training and information to do the job? If so, trust them to do it.
- Does the worker know what to do if problems arise? Include what to do if problems arise instruction in safe work practices and use of the required personal protective equipment for the task.
- Are you checking up? Let the worker know how often and how their work will be checked. Communicate what level of performance is acceptable and what rate of improvement is required as they become more proficient. Set up deadlines and reporting dates.
- Does the worker understand the job? Explain the job. Be very clear on what is expected. Once you have explained it, let the person accomplish it. As long as the job is being done safely, correctly and on time, give the worker some leeway on how they actually do the task. They might even come up with a better way of doing it.
- Are you there if you’re need? Keep the lines of communication open. Give help and suggestions when needed.
- Was the task completed? Accepting less than finished work defeats the purpose of delegating.
Don’t let your own perfectionism get in the way of delegating work.