Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Does this sound familiar?
You hire someone new. They get started. You get frustrated because no one seems to understand the job. We often admit that we're terrible at delegating and getting things to work the way we want.
Then one of two things happens.
We hand over everything, and after some time, we get frustrated with the results. Then that employee gets frustrated and eventually leaves the company. So then the tasks are pushed back on you again.
The employee comes to you whenever there is an issue with a question. They don't make decisions on their own and come to you. You end up essentially doing their job and all the decision-making.
Business owners are not fully empowering their team members or employees to actually do their jobs.
There are five tips to delegate to your team successfully:
Match the job to the right person. Create a scorecard or description of the skills, abilities, and qualities necessary to perform that function successfully. Then see who on your current team will be a good fit for that job.
Find the right person to do the right job. If you don't have anyone that fits the description from #1, then it's time to hire.
Let go of the need to control the process. Often as business owners, we're the ones that came up with that process. We developed it and figured it out. But now, it's time to empower our employees to take ownership of that function by clearly communicating the results we want them to achieve. It's vital that they know the result you are looking to accomplish with the process. There may be other ways to achieve that same result.
Encourage them to take the initiative. Let your employees give input on specific situations or how they could achieve better results. Encourage them to take a step forward and feel empowered.
Be clear about your mission, vision, and priorities. It's about the overall goal of the business. This is key to ensuring your team is on the same page.
If you follow these five steps, you can successfully delegate to your team and empower them to do their jobs well. You'll be able to focus on other aspects of running your business and free up your time.