Leadership/Management

You Can’t do it all Yourself: The Art of Delegation

As a business owner, it is difficult to hand tasks off to your employees. You may have certain expectations of how things should be done, and the thought of having someone doing something the wrong way irks you. The truth is, though, you can’t do everything yourself, and at some point, you have to hand everything off to your employees and trust that they will help your business grow. It is essential to understand how to delegate tasks effectively. Here are a few things to remember when delegating tasks to your employees.

Consider the tasks you are assigning

Do you have tasks that take up a lot of time that you wish could be taken care of by a team member? There’s a good chance at least one of your employees has the necessary skills to complete that task so you can focus on other parts of your business that need attention. When assigning tasks, think of each employee’s strengths so that you know each task you assign is getting done by team members who know how to get the job done.

Teach your employees

Teaching your employees how to do certain tasks might seem like it takes up a lot of time. But if you continue to take on everything yourself, you will eventually burn out, and that is never good for business. Train your employees effectively and trust that they will get the job done.  As your employees take on more tasks, they will learn how to complete tasks that are up to your standards.

Take a step back

One of the biggest reasons business owners don’t like to hand off tasks to employees is because they want it done their way. As a business owner, it’s important to understand there are several ways to get a job done. Understand that as long as the task gets completed, it doesn’t matter how it got done.

Provide feedback

Business owners underestimate the importance of healthy communication. If you ask your employees to do something, it’s important to give your team feedback. Did they do it correctly? Could something have been done differently? Does it need improvement? Addressing things up front will ensure that moving forward, tasks are completed up to your standards. Don’t forget that telling your employees what they are doing well is also vital for success. Not only does this show acknowledgment, but it lets your employees know what they are doing right.

Power through it

When others complete tasks for you, it won’t always be rainbows. People make mistakes, and your employees will learn along the way. Accept their mistakes and trust that together, you are working towards success. If something needs improvement, don’t be afraid to step in and guide your employees. Your employees will appreciate the help and next time, they will know exactly what to do!

Hundred Acre Consulting: Helping your business grow every step of the way

At Hundred Acre Consulting, we are passionate about helping you make good choices when choosing a franchise opportunity. Part of that is being able to hand off tasks to your future employees. If assigning tasks to others is a new concept to you, let’s talk! We are here to help you grow every step of the way!

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