Time is a limited resource for small businesses, and finding ways to maximize time and increase productivity is a challenge. Learning proper delegation can help business owners overcome their limitations and increase the value of their business.
Effective delegation is essential to small businesses. More and more people venture into entrepreneurship. Just look at the number of small businesses in Australia that are everywhere. Around 90% of active businesses have less than 20 employees. Only 2.5% of businesses have 20 or more employees. With so many other businesses, how can you get an edge through delegation?
In delegating tasks, it’s best to follow the guidelines below:
Evaluate your tasks and find out which operations can be handled by someone else.
It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking you are doing a good job when you’re the owner who handles everything in the business. It’s both inefficient and ineffective. Not having time to delegate usually means having no idea what to delegate. Review all the processes in your business and see what can be handled by other people.
Have a process in place before delegating
While the operations you might pass on to other individuals or groups may be considered non-core, it might harm your business if the tasks are not done right. Having a proper procedure in place can give clear guidance to your delegates so they can accomplish assigned tasks better.
Set clear and measurable objectives
In order to measure the success of tasks effectively, set clear goals or objectives to serve as a reference for your delegates. This gives them a direction for their actions.
Projects need updates from time to time. In order to keep track of project status, deliverables, and the like, a clear communication system should be in place. Without constant and clear communication, the delegation would harm rather than help your business. Make sure that your delegates are always updated so all parties stay on the same page.
Not personally handling tasks might bring in worry and disappointment, but trusting your delegates will give them the confidence that will ultimately make them perform better. Empower delegates by providing them the information and resources they need to perform their tasks well. However, if you try to check on your delegates too much, they will feel the distrust and will soon perform poorly.
Start small and slow
Getting used to delegation can take some time, especially if you are just starting to pass on the tasks to other parties. Take things slowly and start small. Over time you will grow comfortable and be able to enjoy the benefits of delegation.
Set yourself free from the quagmire of business operations and focus only on your passions. Start evaluating operations and see what you can delegate!
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