Supervisor Delegating – Delegating Employees

We all talk about it and we know that we should do more of it, but most of us don’t delegate very much. The main reason is quite simple. We’re insecure. I have never met anyone, unless he has an employment contract, who is not insecure about something. It is either his or her supervisor, the financial condition of the company, competition from peers or the pressure of doing a perfect job.

As a supervisor you have to overcome these feelings. Instead of holding on to your responsibility, you should do just the opposite. Give your job away to your employees. You will reap several benefits. You will have more time to concentrate on the more important aspects of your job and you will be able to take on more responsibility, which is the best way to get promoted. Your employees will appreciate your confidence in them and it will enhance their jobs and increase their opportunities. People only use a small portion of their capabilities.

There are two good methods to help you delegate more. Identify in writing the projects and goals of each individual and you will be surprised at how much can be accomplished by them. Secondly, use the “what do you think we should do?” approach. The next time your employees come to you with a problem, ask for their opinion. At first they will be confused because in the past you probably have resolved all their problems for them. As a result, a lot of people stop thinking. You should put the responsibility back on the individual. Once they get used to your new style, they will come to you and instead of saying, I’ve got a problem, they’ll say “I’ve been thinking.” Those are three terrific words.