Delegate to accumulate: How to effectively share the workload23 Feb 2015
The old saying goes that a problem shared is a problem halved, and that’s never more applicable than at work.
Whether you’re at the very top of the ladder or are just looking to develop better leadership skills in general, delegation can help relieve any nagging pressures that come with added responsibility. Here are the things to keep in mind when it comes to effectively spreading the workload:
Admit when you’re out of your depth
Effective delegation can be difficult to master, predominantly because it involves asking for help. Being reticent about seeking the expertise of others is only natural, as lacking knowledge in certain areas can sometimes be interpreted as weakness.
However, there’s no shame in admitting that you need support.
Furthermore, finding peers that have superior knowledge regarding any problems is likely to get them solved quicker, rather than prolonging their impact by not spreading the responsibility around.
Share your wisdom
Finding someone who is willing to help you will be no mean thing, but getting them to complete any work to the required standards can be even more complicated.
When delegating, it’s important to have patience and be ready to teach those taking on any extra workload as to how the job should be done.
Is there a particular process or system that needs to be adhered to? Making sure those that are reaching out to you are well aware of it ahead of time will save on any problems further down the line.
Distribute the praise
If any work that is delegated proves to be particularly successful, making sure that all of those that were involved are acknowledged is important in building better working relationships.
It may be easy to ultimately make a claim that it was your name that spearheaded the project, but you will quickly find your peers at wits end if you hog the limelight when praise is being dished out.