We’re only a third of the way through the year, but for those who operate more on a school-calendar, the days are ticking away and summer will be here soon. As excited as it is to realize summer is almost here, many people begin to experience fatigue.
For many of us, fatigue comes from working long hours. Trying to figure out the perfect solution to every situation our business encounters. After all, business owners are supposed to be the experts. But, long hours, fatigue and overall exhaustion doesn’t make for a good business owner. Many may not recognize this when they are in the throws of managing a business each day, but numerous studies show that stepping back and delegating to others in your business can make you a lot happier, as well as help your company and build a great culture.
One of the first steps in delegating is making sure you have a good team who can help you fill in the gaps. Think strategically when building your team. Find those people who can not only do tasks you may not want to do, but do them better than you could. While it may seem counterintuitive with you being the expert, according to the Harvard Business Review, by pushing work further down the hierarchy it allows you more time to help your staff grow.
When you do delegate, make sure you aren’t just doling out tasks, but actually giving responsibility and ownership to others. A good indicator for whether you are giving out tasks rather than responsibility is if you hear phrases such as “I’m happy to help you with that.”
It’s easy to fall under micromanager if you aren’t prepared to truly delegate. We get it! You’ve worked hard to become a business owner, and you were probably alone for most of the start. But now that you have a team, trust your leadership abilities and get out of your own way. As the manager, you are now to observe and direct instead of micromanage. But, don’t be too hands off. According to Carol Walker, president of Prepared to Lead, “While you don’t want to tell people how to do the job, you must be in a position to evaluate their performance and development.” The main key: stay involved, but don’t take the lead.
If it all sounds a little scary, don’t worry, you don’t have to jump feet first into the deep end. Just dip your toe into the delegating pool. You’ll be much happier, and your business and employees will be too.