I came across an article listing 3 types of tasks you should be delegating. Here are a few highlights if you’re interested in reading about it:
Many new managers struggle with this transition, feeling that they still must perform every minor assignment on their to-do list, but it’s important to learn how to delegate. Your job is to oversee your workers’ performance and lend a hand when needed. The higher-level strategic planning you’re responsible for takes time and energy, and you won’t have either of those if you’re bogged down with busywork.
Whether you’ve just been promoted or been managing a team for a while, you should distribute the following types of responsibilities among your staff members.
1. Tedious tasks that don’t impact growth
Everything you and your team members do is important to the overall function of the business. But things like supplies shopping, data entry, file organization, clerical work and other administrative tasks aren’t what really drives growth for your company. These are typically simple assignments that don’t require much experience, and while you could easily complete them yourself, you’ll save time by delegating them to your workers.
2. Tasks that drain you of passion
When you were at a lower level than you are now, you likely had certain tasks that you weren’t motivated to do. Since you’ve paid your dues, you may now look to your team to take on those same assignments. However, you don’t want your employees to feel drained either. While you might pass some of these duties off to your staff to alleviate mental and emotional strain, make sure you aren’t also passing the stress to them.
3. Tasks that someone else can do better than you
Being a leader doesn’t automatically make you the right person for a project. Your staff members have their own talents, some of which can fill in your gaps, so you must be humble enough to see and admit that someone else might be a better fit for a task than you are.
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