For any manager, knowing how to delegate certain tasks to devote himself to others is a skill that should not be neglected. If it sounds simple, many and many managers still have a hard time letting go. Why is it so important to delegate certain tasks?
Delegating tasks: many advantages
Work delegation has many benefits for the organization as a whole. When properly implemented, this practice serves both:
By delegating tasks to employees, the manager has the opportunity to better know where they stand. The manager can thus assess their skills, encourage dialogue and be more attentive.
Delegating tasks to them is also a way of showing the trust he or she has in them, which is a major motivator for teams. By doing so, the manager can save time and focus on higher value-added tasks. Delegating generally improves the performance of managers.
Delegation promotes the autonomy and efficiency of employees, who see themselves empowered. By working on the tasks entrusted to them, they can refine their skills and learn new ones. This represents a real motivating factor that makes you want to invest more.
Managers and the company as a whole
The exchanges and dialogues favored by the delegation can only be beneficial for the company. Trusting the teams and allowing them to gain skills by empowering them is also an excellent way to attract and retain talent in the organization. In addition, better time management and greater efficiency help boost business performance.
How to delegate tasks: co-constructing SMART objectives
It is important to take a moment to clearly explain to the person who will perform the tasks what is expected of them. This is a dialogue of co-construction of the project during which everyone will have to listen to the other. We will thus agree on SMART objectives to be achieved.
We’re talking aboutSMART goal to designate an objective that is:
Respecting this framework can be a key element in achieving effective delegation. At the beginning of the project, it will be necessary to list all the means and contacts that will allow the person to carry out his mission. It is also often a good idea to remind the employee that the manager is available to provide the necessary help and support. Indeed, working independently does not mean being alone in front of a mission.
Finally, we advise managers not to neglect the regular points made during the delegation. First, it allows employees to be reassured about the proper conduct and progress of the project. On the other hand, it allows the person in charge of carrying out the delegated tasks to know that they are going in the right direction, or to correct the situation if this is not the case.
For the purpose of continuous improvement of future delegations, it will also be beneficial to organize a delegation review interview after the mission.