Can’t Delegate Tasks to Staff? 5 Reasons Why You Should
You’ll save time, of course, and get more stuff done. But there are numerous other reasons why delegating is a good idea.
There are countless reasons why some managers don’t delegate. They may be:
- No one can do this as well as I can.
- Overly considerate. Oh, I don’t want to burden anyone else with this.
- Concerned about employee perception. They’ll think I’m a.) lazy, b.) a poor time manager, or c.) trying to push them to their limits.
Delegating tasks that others can handle does free up more of your time for managerial activities like analyzing and planning, preparing reports, and mentoring staff. It will probably also improve your own job performance. You’ll be able to complete projects in a more timely fashion, and their quality will likely improve. All of that will give you more confidence in your abilities and more positive feedback from your own superiors.
But it can also have benefits for your whole staff. Delegating tasks that others can do may:
Make your employees feel trusted. There’s a lot of emphasis on self-esteem in the schools these days. Some people feel that it’s over-emphasized, that pupils aren’t evaluated with a critical enough eye, and that feeling good about oneself is more important than actual scholarly performance. But there are ways to build employees up without over-inflating their egos. An individual who feels like a valued part of the team is likely to be more enthusiastic about work and perform better.
Enhance the team’s sense of cohesiveness. How well do your employees know each other? Being thrown together on a project can be a way to build a more tightly-knit, supportive team. It can also bring out conflicts, but working through them is a learning experience, too. Four people putting their heads together to solve a problem or divvy up chores is better than one lone individual doodling on a legal pad. Group projects can also give you the opportunity to discover strengths and talents in your staff that were previously unknown.
Reduce turnover. Employees who feel valued and trusted, and who are given opportunities for growth and advancement, are likely to stick around longer. Rapid turnover can be a symptom of many things, one of which is bad management.
Result in better solutions. You’re a manager for many reasons, including your ability to solve problems, motivate employees, and get things done. But there may be others in the ranks who have the potential to be a leader down the road. Delegating tasks gives you the chance to find out and offer them the chance to shine.
Balance the team’s workload. Your team looks to you for support and guidance. If you’re too busy, those contributions suffer. Trusting employees with some of your work can also even out what may be inequities in staff responsibilities, too.
As you delegate, tell employees why you’re making the request. You trust them. You value their input and their skills. You’ll learn a lot about their attitude toward work – and you – by their responses.