Are you a self-confessed control freak at work?
If done correctly, effectively delegating work tasks has the potential to greatly increase work productivity, empower your subordinates and see your stress levels drop by the margin.
Yes, that’s the why we’ve all been told but putting in place the how is where the trouble lies for perfectionists, like you unfortunately, who need to be in control of even the tiniest of details in the process. The micro-manager label doesn’t seem to go away as you find yourself constantly keeping tabs and peering over your subordinates’ shoulders.
But all hope is not lost. With some patience, practice and consistency, you too can delegate more effectively and with ease using the following steps:
1. Communicate the task to a well-qualified and responsible subordinate. At this stage, do your best to give details of exactly what you want done, when you want it done, and what end results you seek. Be careful not to give too many details, however, as this can seem insulting.
2. Provide context for the task. It’s also important to let the subordinate know why he or she must complete the task. Show the big picture and cite the consequences of a poor or ineffective job to the business or department.
3. Agree on standards with the subordinate that will be used to measure how well the task was completed, and if completed at all. Like goals, make sure standards set are realistic and attainable, and the subordinate is committed to meeting them.
4. Give authority needed for the task. There is only so much that can be done in overcoming roadblocks in the process, particular if there is significant red tapism in the company.
5. Provide the resources required for successful completion to the best of your ability – money, the right training, etc. – and when appropriate.
6. Give credit and appreciation when task is well completed. This inspires subordinates significantly. If not well completed, sit down with the subordinate and explain what could have been done better in a stern yet respectful manner.
We hope these help! You might also find it helpful to learn about the different personality types and how they work.