Delegation is one of the most important skills to learn as a manager. However, not many managers are good at it. They tend to hold onto tasks that they should be delegating to free up their time to do more important activities. There are certain tasks that a manager should and should not delegate. Before delegating the experience and expertise of the team members should be assessed to ensure that they will be able to do the work.
In the beginning it is probably better to start delegating simpler tasks that will not cause a problem or financial restraint on the firm. In this way the team member will gain more experience and confidence as they are given tasks with higher responsibilities.
The following are tasks that can be delegated:
Work that involves a lot of data
Work that involves checking statistics, technical details and data can be very time consuming. This is also the type of work that is making the manager less productive. These types of work are perfect for delegating to your team. When you delegate always make it clear to your employees that they are responsible for completing the work. Make sure you are accessible to them if they have any questions are problems.
Certain research work that involves a lot of finding and collecting information can be time consuming work. Research work can involve looking at what your competition is up to or researching information through reports, journals, etc. This type of work can be delegated to members of your team. This will provide you with more time to analyze the research information with fresh eyes.
There are always jobs that involve the same tasks and need to be done on a regular basis. These types of jobs can also be delegated to your team. These types of repeat jobs can involve writing up weekly progress reports, and monthly expenses etc. These sorts of jobs take up valuable time that you should be using to move the organization forward.