3 ways to approach delegating tasks to your staff
October 12, 2012
When embarking on a new project, there are several things that construction managers need to get done on a daily basis. Any wasted time can lead to building delays and missed deadlines. While it's important to trust your staff and believe they will be able to get things done in a timely manner, you should still learn how to delegate work throughout your entire workforce. A recent article for Inc. magazine composed a list of methods you can use when assigning work to all of your employees at your construction firm.
Trust your employees
Many construction managers get worried when they delegate an important process to someone else at the company. However, it's important to have faith in your staff and trust they will be able to get the job done properly. When managing the budget for your construction firm, you can assign an employee who is skilled in mathematics and knowledgeable in using computers, especially if you have made processes easier and purchased business construction software. After trusting your employees to complete important tasks within the project, your fears will be lifted that you are the only person at the company who can get things done right on the first attempt.
Train your employees until they are experts
A common mistake made by construction managers is that they stick their employees on a project too soon, before the workers have received the proper training. When you bring on new hires, evaluate their skills and devise training programs for them to complete before they are deployed on any projects. Sometimes a good strategy is letting the recent hires shadow you or someone they may be working with to see what happens throughout the day at a construction firm. When employees make a mistake, you should be sure to use it as a teaching experience instead of reprimanding them.
Give employees room to breath
After assigning a particular task to an employee, looking over their shoulder and monitoring their progress every minute can only lead to bad things. If you have trusted them with an objective, give them some time to figure it out on their own, instead of micromanaging every little thing. When delegating a task, you should be sure your employees are aware of your expectations. Giving employees a clear, concise list of directions will make it easier for them to get the job done right that first time.