You know that delegating helps you to do a better job, but if you are like many others, you need a refresher in how to do it properly. There’s no doubt you do not want to be the type of person that is micro managing a company or staff. However, you need to know when and how to delegate effectively to accomplish goals.
What the Best Managers Do
The best managers provide a range of opportunities for their employees. They allow employees to think outside of the body. They encourage their staff to act quickly. They even throw out the rulebook and instead put in place a game plan with flexibility built in. Micromanagement is just not a part of this type of setup, and it should not be. As a business owner, you have to be willing to give up some control. How can you do this? Here are some tips.
Set Up Project Checkpoints
One way to do this is to set up checkpoints for your employees to use. People like to be in charge of something, and they are motivated when they are accountable for the outcome. As a business owner, you still want to make sure things are on task. To do so, set up a specific checkpoint. When the employee reaches that point, the employee reports their successes back to you.
Ask The Right Question
Instead of telling people what to do, ask questions instead. If you trust your employees, you should trust in their judgment of how to handle a situation. If you are questioning them about how they will handle the project, they feel empowered and ready to impress you. Establish this early on in the relationship with the employee, even as a new hire. That way, they are able to handle responsibilities seamlessly.
You Become the Resource
Rather than the boss with arms crossed staring down at the staff, you become the resource to go to when there is a need. It is always a good idea to encourage your staff to bounce ideas off of them or to come to you when there is a need, a question or any other scenario in which they feel they need to touch base. They need a strong support system and you are the perfect component as a business leader.
Fess Up What You Mess Up
A key thing to remember is that it is okay to let others know that you are not perfect (though you know you are!) If you are willing to state that you have made a mistake or two and that you learned as you went, your employees will be less worried about failing. If they do make a mistake, the consequences are not dire and that helps to keep them motivated.
Delegating is not always easy. It can hard work to step back and not jump in to solve the problem. However, it will reduce stress and empower your staff if you make it happen. Being a better delegator with your contract employees can help to make your company more efficient. Get support from Davis Staffing recruiters to help you assign critical tasks to your contract workforce, and get more accomplished this year.