Delegation & Setting Expectations in Business

June 28, 2013

3 tips to guarantee you and your employees are on the same page

Delegating tasks is of the utmost importance in ensuring a business runs smoothly and efficiently. However, unless you’re operating a low-budget children’s carnival, it’s unlikely your employees are mind readers.

Here are a few tips to guarantee you are effectively delegating tasks, communicating your expectations, and maintaining the cooperation and respect of your workers.

Be Specific

When assigning or delegating tasks, be sure to give your employees the precise information you were given.  Including any and every detail will make their job easier and mean less revision on your part later on. Don’t be upset that Jane picked up burnt orange napkins for the office birthday party, if you knew but didn’t tell her that Jeff hates the Auburn Tigers.

Set a Deadline

“As soon as possible,” are famous last words. Tell your employees exactly when you need a project completed. If the assignment will span over multiple days or weeks, establish checkpoints and miniature deadlines for various components to be finished. Keep in mind that everyone naturally works at a different rate, and as an employer it is your job to set the company’s pace.

Provide a Source

Always designate an outlet for your workers to approach with questions or concerns. Whether it is you, a client or another employee, someone with additional information on the assignment should be accessible. The ability to address problems as soon as they arise eliminates additional work towards the end of the endeavor. Additionally, offering help upfront assures your employees that you have their personal proficiency as your personal priority.


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