I am certain you can recall vividly that moment when your dreams were finally realized. The exact moment when you knew your hard work had finally paid off. You stayed the course, remained focused and finally you were presented with the offer letter that would most certainly change the course of your entire career. No sooner than the ink dried, you realized that management though exciting, exhilarating and a major accomplishment is also a bumpy road, full of mishaps, mistakes and dare you say it, employees!
Let’s face it, being a manager of people can be extremely difficult. An employee with a negative attitude is tough to manage. The employee with a negative attitude and poor work ethic is a managerial nightmare!
Throughout your career you will likely attend many seminars, training sessions, read a plethora of material and bare many a webinar, all with the good intentions of making you a more equipped and dynamic leader. The truth of the matter is; you will not retain most of it because you won’t start to truly understand how to handle situations until you are faced with them.
So you move through your managerial career, attempting to tackle each issue while struggling to manage your time effectively. You spend countless hours attempting to solve employee concerns and deal with one crisis after another. Although your day is already taxed, in many roles you are also expected to handle payroll and time keeping, training and development, recruiting and staffing all in order to reach the goal of fulfilling the needs of the organization.
In order to be a successful manager that manages a successful team, it starts by simply recognizing that you cannot do it all. Learn why delegating is vital to your success and learn the tips necessary to understand why delegating works.
When to Delegate
Unfortunately, many managers have the misconception that delegating implies incompetence. The fact of the matter is, a good manager understands that providing your employees with opportunities to advance and work on various projects shows that you have trust in their abilities. As a manager the key here is to delegate, thus creating the opportunities for you to do more of the things that truly count as a manager and are instrumental in advancing your own career as well as supporting the development of your team.
Focus on what is critical to the success of your department, do those things and delegate the rest. Keep in mind that just as your staff has areas where they are strong, they also have those opportunities for development and so do you! Those areas that you know you aren’t as well versed, find someone on your team that is. They will feel valued, and a highly motivated, engaged team means a successful one.
Research and Utilize Available Resources
There are some tasks that can be managed more effectively with software. Do your research and look into tools that may remove some tasks or at least make them less time consuming. Time tracking software provides managers the opportunity to put their valuable time to much better use. Software that allows you the convenience of a time tracker that can be accessed from anywhere! Think about utilizing software, that allows you to easily delegate tasks and track attendance with ease.
Delegating is not the same as laziness. Understand why managers should not do all of the work. Knowing when and what to delegate will set the tone with your staff that you are committed to developing a team you can be proud of.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.