Delegation is one of the most important skills for a business owner. As a business owner, you need to have your time free to keep track of your company’s most essential priorities. But it can be difficult to let go of other tasks, especially if you don’t have trustworthy individuals in training. Here’s what you need to know about delegation.
There’s Only So Much Time in the Day
If you want your business to grow, you need to learn to delegate. There’s only so much time in the day; you can’t possibly take care of every single aspect of your business, especially if you want to expand. As a business owner, you often get used to dealing with the minutiae of your day-to-day operations. But because you have become so entrenched in these operations, you also become completely essential; it becomes impossible for your business to operate for even a day without you.
This leads to multiple problems. Your employees become helpless without you — so expansion becomes impossible because you need to manage each location hands-on. If you do want to take a vacation (or take time for your family or your health), you can’t; no one knows how to operate your business but you. Altogether, it becomes an unhealthy atmosphere that serves neither yourself nor your employees.
- Identify your most responsible employees. These are the employees who want to learn and grow with the business. They can take a burden off of you in exchange for learning more about the business and your industry. The right people will make delegation far easier, as they will be able to take the weight off of you without complications.
- Start with simple, mundane tasks first. Ideally, the simpler the task the more likely it is to be easily delegated. Focus on tasks that never change but that have to be done regularly, such as daily maintenance tasks. As employees excel at these tasks, they can be elevated to more complex scenarios.
- Look for signs you’re taking on too much work. If you find yourself feeling constantly run down and out of time, it means that you’re doing too much — and that means that it’s time to find areas that can be either optimized or delegated to others.
- Trust your employees. Once you’ve found employees that you can trust, you should trust them to deal with the tasks that you give them. That means no micromanagement — micromanagement can waste as much time as simply doing a task on your own.
- Give your employees something in exchange. Employees need a reason to take on more work, such as career advancement and development. By showing employees what they gain, you can ensure that they will treat their tasks with the necessary care.
When you’re able to delegate appropriately, you’ll find that your business operates both more smoothly and more efficiently. Your employees will gain valuable skills — and you’ll be able to focus on the things that are most important. It simply takes some time to lay the groundwork and adjust your own habits.