Women in the workplace can move mountains, but it becomes a little more challenging when multiple mountains need to be moved simultaneously. That’s where the art of delegation comes into play. Effectively delegating tasks can boost productivity, meet deadlines, and inspire creativity and innovation in the workplace. If you master delegating, you can move an entire mountain range much sooner than you might have previously thought.
Asking for help isn’t easy for a lot of people. People who take pride in their resourcefulness, productivity, and ability to solve problems might feel slightly wounded when it seems too difficult to accomplish something alone. Nobody got to be a CEO by keeping helping hands out of the way. If you wait until the last minute to raise the white flag, it will only be harder to accomplish the tasks that are piling up. Recognize tasks you know you will inevitably need help with, and delegate them early enough to be successfully completed on time.
You don’t want to ask too much of people. Delegating all the simple tasks can be more overwhelming than delegating one important task. Create a priority list of everything that needs to get done from most important to least important. Be sure to start with the top of the list. The most important delegated tasks are more likely to be met with the proper amount of energy and enthusiasm, and people can gradually ease into the things that are less important. Using a priority system assures that menial things aren’t getting done while large, time-sensitive projects are sitting on the back burner.
Always try to delegate tasks to the individual most suited to complete them. If Elizabeth is a skilled artist, don’t ask her to balance the books. If Ann is amazing with numbers, don’t ask her to draw up a new company logo. Though it may be tempting to arbitrarily dispense tasks to people who seem to have less to do, the end result may not be as great as it possibly could be when their skills don’t match the job at hand. Be strategic in the way that you delegate.
When you’ve delegated a task to someone who is perfectly qualified to do an excellent job, there’s no need to micromanage that person. You might be stressed or concerned about the timely completion of a task, but constantly interjecting without being asked for help might inconvenience the person who is already knocking it out of the park. Let people come to you when they need help or have questions. Make yourself available. Empower team members to make decisions on their own and use their best judgement. If you paired them with the appropriate task, the risk of failure is too low to concern yourself with.
If you’re delegating a lot of tasks and you aren’t appropriately showing gratitude, your team members might begin to feel a bit used. They’re going above and beyond to help the team win, and they don’t want to be treated like this extra effort is merely par for the course. Great delegators recognize every completed task as a team victory. They celebrate with their employees. They have lunch delivered for the people who worked overtime to help everything come together. They always say please and thank you. If you express your gratitude, people will feel more inclined to give you their best effort.
Every successful woman has a lot of people to thank for helping them achieve their fullest professional potential. Know when to ask for help, ask the right people, get the help you need, and appreciate the individuals who give it to you.
Alex Lawson is a Financial Team Leader and a blogger, working together with other experts at Brighter Finance. Whenever not working on another project or helping customers with their financial issues, Alex may usually be found online, reading money-related blogs and sharing his tips with other experts.