How many times have you been given an assignment with absolutely no direction? Whether this assignment was delegated to you by your family member, friend, or a boss, there is probably at least one incident you can look back on and remember that you were beyond confused when it came to the assignment. Proper delegation can go a long way to help you and to help your employees to understand what is expected of them and how they are supposed to get their job done. As a manager, there are 2 things you need to have that will help you with proper motivation:
Clear communication (delegation)
Performance management (encouragement)
If you can clearly communicate these messages to your employees, they will be able to make better decisions and it won’t be nearly as hard for them to understand what their role is with the company.
One of the first things to do is to hand your new employees a list of their job duties. This will allow them to understand exactly what their role is with the company. They will be able to see what they are expected to do and how they should go about doing it. As you hand them a list of their job duties and responsibilities, your employees will be able to see what they need to do but also to know how they are going to be judged by you. Putting in measurement standards is a great way to help them get a clear definition of their job. What also happens with the employees when they know what to do is that they actually get a chance to see how they can do their job better. This way you can tell them what their ultimate goal is and they can come to you and start asking for suggestions when they feel they may not be going down the right path with the project.
How do you assign tasks to your employees? Are you telling them in person, emailing them the assignments, or just expecting them to know what to do? You need to focus on your delegation and ensure that you aren’t confusing your employees. Better delegation on your part will lead to a clear message and it will be much easier for your employees to enjoy working for you and to get their projects done in a timely manner. The delegation is more than “here is your assignment” it also comes down to the little details as well including the following:
Here is your project
This is what is expected
This is when it is due
When you provide specific and detailed information about the project and how it needs to be done, your staff members won’t be nearly as confused and they aren’t going to get as frustrated with you for not telling them what you wanted from the get-go.
In addition to clear communication, you have to be the one that works hard to keep your employees motivated. What are you doing to show them that you appreciate their hard work and the effort they put into the business? Employee motivation is a big part of running a successful company. If you want your employees to be happy and to work hard for you, it’s important for you to give a little to them. They will see what you are doing and will have a greater appreciation for you. Rewards can help you motivate your employees to work harder and it also shows them just how much you do care about them and need their help to keep the company running.
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