– just ensuring that the day-to-day operations are going well.
However, it is not uncommon for leaders to have trouble delegating tasks to their employees, causing them to end up overworked and too busy to focus on high level issues, projects, and initiatives.
The Harvard Business Review cites a 2007 study on time management that noted that almost half of the 332 companies surveyed noted that delegation skills were a concern they had within their business. Despite that concern, though, only 28% of those companies offered any training on the topic.
The Warning Signs
Many leaders do not realize that they are failing to delegate. However, there are warning signs to watch out for. If you are working long hours and feel as though you are indispensable to the company
– like it would crumble if you were to go out of the office on a vacation –
that is something to watch out for. Furthermore, if you are realizing that your employees are DE energized, this could be another sign. Finally, watch for phrases like, “I’m happy to help!” from your employees. While it is always good that they are willing to lend a helping hand, this could be an indication that you are simply farming out small tasks rather than assigning ongoing, higher level responsibilities.
Why is it so hard?
So you’re probably asking yourself, why is it so difficult for me and my managers to delegate? In theory, it seems like a simple concept that should be done without much thought. But in reality, there are many reasons why it could be an obstacle.
First, some people have issues delegating because they think that giving away any of their responsibilities could act as a detraction of what makes them important to the business. It could be a self-confidence issue that they do not want their direct reports to “look better” than they do.
Otherwise, leaders sometimes have a tendency to want to do everything themselves because they believe they do it best.
So how do we start doing it?
Now you are probably ready to find ways to delegate to ensure that your business is running as efficiently and productively as possible. One way to promote this within your business is to focus heavily on higher-level goals. Keeping the end results in mind at all times can help you drill down into the ways and places that delegation makes the most sense to allow you to get to those goals the quickest and with the most efficiency and effectiveness. Another great way to inspire delegation is to encourage your employees to call you and your managers out when delegation is not happening.
“Remember that your employees want more responsibilities and will feel more fulfilled, happy, and self-confident when they are given them”
– leading to their further connection and loyalty to your business.
Your PEO is a great resource to helping you determine areas where delegation can be more robust. Through our complimentary competitive analysis, we can help match you to a PEO that can do this most “effectively” for your company to further promote the goals and success of your business.