I used to have a fear of delegation. I believed that I was the only one capable of doing the job. I was afraid that my staff wouldn’t get the job done on time, or that they would mess the project up.
But after experiencing several sleepless nights and continuous burnout, I decided to face my fear, trust my employees more, and started delegating important tasks to them.
Of course, I didn’t delegate blindly. I asked advice from my friends on how to delegate properly, and especially raised concerns on how to identify tasks that I need to delegate, because delegation of the wrong tasks to even the brightest people in your company could lead to a disaster.
Use this 5-step formula to identify tasks that you really need to delegate.
After doing a thorough research and enough preparation, I was able to delegate well, and my staff were able to produce stellar results.
It is then that I realised that I need not fear delegation, because there are so many spectacular advantages that are awaiting for you and your company such as the following:
You get more work done in lesser time.
Your staff may not be able to work as fast as you during their first months of doing their new delegated tasks. According to Ron Edmondson, you need to spend more time to prepare your employee for the task in its beginning phases to ensure that completion is attainable and it won’t lead to a failed delegation.
But once you passed that phase, your staff will be able to work faster and be able to familiarise themselves with the task. The project that you used to juggle alone and finished within two months may be possibly reduced to a few weeks.
Aside from that, you’ll be able to focus doing more important work.
You help cultivate your employee’s self-esteem.
Have you been an employee before you become a business owner? How did you feel when your boss entrusted you an important project? You somehow get a feeling of importance, right? As a result, you tend to perform to your work even better.
And that same effect could happen to your own employees too. Their confidence and self-esteem will be boosted because they feel that they are valued and needed in your company.
Your staff gains new skills.
Delegating important tasks also helps your staff to gain new skills. For example, the new tasks of your staff requires them to learn how to use a new platform or software.
While learning a new skill may be challenging at first, this will actually contribute to the growth and development of your staff that can be valuable tools they can use in the future.
When I was still an employee, I really enjoyed learning new skills because I can make my credentials and resume even better.
You get more sleep.
Do you want more sleep? I do.
When I still resisted the idea of delegation, I was really working my butt off up until the wee hours of the night, resulting to a lack of sleep. Most often, I used to only get 3-4 hours of sleep.
According to an Inc. article of Travis Bradberry, when you don’t get enough sleep, it impairs your ability to think and slows down your ability to process information, solve problems and it also kills your creativity.
But when you learn to delegate properly, you can finally have a good night sleep.
You will have more time to do more important things.
The best part of delegating important tasks to your employees is that you’ll give more time to yourself to do more important things!
Adam, my co-founder of More Time More Profit, used to be a workaholic. He used to spend 15 hours of work every day in his office and even at home.
But when he learned how to properly delegate, he was able to turn his 15-hour workday down to 2 hours.
And now, Adam is able to spend more time doing things he enjoy more doing such as meeting clients and traveling the world.
Do you delegate important tasks? What tasks do you delegate to your employees? Please share them in the comments below!
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