Keep reading for more information on how to let go, how to manage your team effectively, and why it’s important to delegate tasks to your team.
As a small business owner, you have endless responsibilities. This is why you need to learn delegation skills. Although it can seem impossible to let go, you must entrust your employees with tasks.
When you chose to hire your employees, you did so because you thought they’d be a good fit for your team. After they’ve gone through their training, you’ve got to let them do what you hired them to do.
You cannot be everywhere at once. Give tasks to others, so you can focus on managing your business.
Often, your business can feel like your baby. It’s easy to want to oversee everything and handle it all yourself. But it’s a slippery slope from managing to micromanaging.
For someone who is a natural micromanager, it can be hard to let go — especially the first time. If you feel you fit the micromanager description above or want to improve your overall managerial skills, follow the steps below.
As you work on delegating tasks to others, it doesn’t mean that you’re sitting around doing nothing. It simply means that you will have more free time to manage and lead.
Taking a step back can help you see your business more clearly. Sometimes when you are in too deep, it’s easy to get lost. Learning to let go can make a huge difference.
Now, let’s discuss the best ways to delegate work to your employees. Here are some key moves:
Depending on your business size, it may or may not be possible to know all of your employees. You may know them all if you run a smaller-scale business. In this case, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your employees and their strengths.
You might not know all of your employees if you run a larger-scale business. However, you probably know many employees in managerial positions. In this case, you will focus on those employees and get to know their strengths so you can rely on them to lead their co-workers.
Understanding your employees’ strengths is a huge part of helping your business run smoothly. It will allow you to assign the right tasks to the right people. Set your team up for success and watch them grow.
When employees know what you expect from them, they are more likely to work with a purpose. Again, depending on the size of your business, you might be able to set individual employee goals with each team member, or you might need to delegate goal setting to other managers.
As a whole business, your goal should always be to follow your mission statement. That should be the guiding factor when creating goals for you and your employees.
When working with your team to create goals, give them some guidance and allow them to build one that is best for them. The best structure you can provide them with is the SMART goal concept, which will assist your team in creating a clear and attainable desired outcome.
When your employees are involved in the decision-making process, even if it is just for themselves, it gives them a greater sense of agency. The goal-setting process will also allow you to get to know your team and what matters to them.
Earlier, we mentioned that one of the marks of an effective manager is the ability to teach your employees new things because it promotes a healthy work culture. Before you can appreciate seeing your employees grow, you need to provide them with the path to do so.
When conducting a small business, it is important to have standard operating procedures to promote compliance and expectations. These operating procedures are also meant to guide onboarding, day-to-day, and safety tasks.
When onboarding new employees, a good leader will guide them through each process. Give your team the tools they need to succeed. Once you have taught specific tasks, empower your team members by taking a step back and allowing them the space to practice their new skillset.
This is the final step in upholding effective delegation skills. Remember, you don’t want to be micromanaging your employees; however, it is a good idea to implement a scheduled feedback process to monitor progress.
This exercise promotes a routine opportunity for professional development. It also allows you to set up a type of check-in system for your team.
During the process, you can provide them with:
A feedback process is a best practice that allows for a healthy balance of structure and freedom. Employees can create their goals and understand their desired results.
Your team is allowed the autonomy to complete their day-to-day work but understands that they must meet certain standards to promote business success.
Delegating tasks will ultimately help you:
If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not! Assigning tasks can change how you run your business and your employees see you.
Will it take you time to set up systems of delegation? Yes. However, try not to be short-sighted. Although it will take time to figure out what works best for you, your business, and your employees, one of the biggest benefits of delegating is saving you time in the long run.
The goal for your business probably isn’t for it to have a short shelf life, so the way you run it shouldn’t be either. If you do everything yourself, it will cause burnout. Taking the time to delegate tasks to your team will promote your overall time management and allow space for more energy and longevity.
You are the leader of your team. People look to you for action and answers.Studies showthat the top qualities of world leaders include:
When you can delegate your tasks, you will have more than enough time to enhance these leadership qualities. The more of an effective leader you are, the more likely your employees are to work hard for your business.
Your team will look up to a strong leader who embodies the abovementioned ideals. They will see that you care about integrity, want to learn and teach, and care about your business and the people who make it possible.
When you practice these characteristics, your employees are more likely to be inspired to take the same care in their work. Promoting this kind of work culture can eliminate employee burnout and promote retention. When people like where they work and who they work for, they’ll stick around.
With all of this new information, here are the five keys to remember:
As a small business owner, you’ve already come so far. Continue setting your business up for success by delegating tasks and effectively managing your team.
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