Business presents many undertakings and tasks that you simply can’t do all on your own. They call for delegation. Knowing which tasks to delegate, however, is crucial so you can fully maximize your output.

Delegating tasks requires discreetness and judgment to tell which tasks should be done by certain members of your team. Here are some guidelines to help you increase productivity through delegation:

1. Give clear instructions. Clarity is important when you are requesting a team member to accomplish delegate tasksa certain task. Let your employee know what it is you want done, how it should be done and when it should be completed. Set specific deadlines and give expectations. Be as distinct as you can with your directions and leave no room for communication misunderstandings.

When you delegate tasks to your team, it is essential that they know where they can put in their own input. Specify which areas they can use their own discretion and which areas need your approval. Tell them not to hesitate to ask for clarifications. Effective delegation calls for your ‘approachability’ so your team can clear out uncertainties and accomplish tasks perfectly at best.

 2. Follow up! While following up with what your team has finished will take up time, doing so will let you check their output and correct whatever errors there are. This is more effective in contrast to fixing mistakes at the end, which will most probably require more time (and definitely more patience). However, don’t micromanage! This does not encourage trust and will dissuade your employee. Instead, provide constructive criticism and ensure that she has all the information needed for the job.

Do a follow-up meeting at least once a week. Ask the right questions that will give you a clear image of the status of the project. A follow-up meeting shouldn’t be needlessly long and should only take up some 10 minutes.

 3. Appoint responsible employees. Delegation is a skill for you who run the business, but the ability to complete certain tasks falls on the part of your employees. Skilled team members are vital for your business, and it’s on you to screen job applicants effectively. Hire only the people who can work independently without needing a lot of supervision. The ability to work with the team is also essential.

The success of your business depends not only on your own skills. For maximum output, your team’s skills are also needed. By delegating the right tasks to the right people, your business will grow faster than doing it all on your own.