Delegation is an essential leadership skill. It is impossible to adequately manage a successful team if you are too caught up in working in your busy day to day. The more significant your business gets, the more critical it is to have a competent team around you with varied skills and with each team member working to their full potential.
Studies have shown that self-employed people only take an average of just 14 days a year off and most work more extended hours than ever before, some even clocking up an average of 13 hours per day. This amounts to nearly 65 hours a week and almost double that of the standard employed person. While there are a vast number of benefits from being self-employed, the downsides cannot be ignored, although they can effectively be addressed.
Delegation can be the single hardest thing to get to grips with when you have a growing business. There are only a certain number of hours in a day, and there is a limit as to how much can be achieved in this time, especially when trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Although you feel you may be in control at the moment, there will be numerous tasks that you find more time consuming than they should be. Equally, there will be essential jobs that get swept under the carpet as they involve a function you are unsure of how to do or just do not enjoy doing. These are the perfect jobs to hand over to a Virtual PA, leaving you free to continue with what you are good at and what makes you the most money.
With delegation comes a better work-life balance. The benefits for yourself include greater job satisfaction as you are able to switch off and thus thoroughly enjoy your job when you do it, time with family and friends, time to enjoy hobbies. The work life balance importance also extends to a successful team. Extensively, It has been proven that offering a good work-life balance within the workforce has tremendous benefits including increased productivity, lower absenteeism, lower level of staff turnover, a happier workforce.
Delegation can be hard…so when first delegating, it is good practice to hand over a small job that has no immediate consequences if mistakes are made. You must remember to take time to get to know your team so that you can communicate and work efficiently building trust and getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. If the foundations of this are laid properly and time is taken before you get too snowed under in your work, you will reap the rewards sooner rather than later, as you will delegate specific tasks without even thinking about attempting them yourself.
All too soon you will be living the dream, doing the work you love, delegating the other tasks to your multi-talented team, enjoying a work-life balance and growing a business more effectively than you ever thought possible.
Contact us at Lovelock Business Services to discuss delegating...Back