You look at your watch. It is almost 8 PM and the last member of your team has just shut down his computer. He’s on his way out leaving you alone in the room with a stack full of unfinished work. Looking at your calendar, you see that the next day is also not looking too bright with so many “to dos.” You take a big sigh and mutter to yourself, “There too much to do and too little time…” Your assessment about yourself is unfortunately true that there is too much to do and too little time.
Are you up to your neck in work while your subordinates appear to have time on their hands?
Do you find yourself doing most of the same things you did before you became a manager. Do your direct reports come to you for every decision? There is a good chance you’re delegating too little if you answered YES to any of these questions.
There will never be enough time to do everything you’re asked to handle
Your days are marked with interruptions, meetings, phone calls and the list goes on. Attention to activities like organizing resources, motivating people, planning and performance management is crushed under the heavy weight of day-to-day activities. One of the important remedies for your plight is delegation.
What is delegation?
Delegation is the process of assigning formal authority, responsibility and accountability for work activities to your subordinates. Please bear in mind the three terms: authority, responsibility and accountability. Delegation transfers those three qualities form one organizational level to a lower level. Delegation is deep-seated in the essential function of management, which is to produce results through people. Every level of management, from the business leader to the front line supervisor, must delegate in order to achieve his goals.
Why is delegating so important?
1) Employees often need training programs to develop themselves, but real assignments are the best career builders. Therefore, delegation also allows you to fulfill your responsibility to develop your subordinates. If you delegate judiciously and frequently, you will build a strong and successful team.
2) You will never know what your people are capable of if you don’t bring challenging and new assignments their way. Delegation highlights the capabilities and shortcomings of your subordinates.
3) It will definitely address your problem of too much to do and too little time.
Once you have resolved to take advantage of the benefits of delegating, you need a method for doing it well. Stay tuned for more…