MS symptoms: The Art of Delegation: 11 Ways to Work Smarter Today by Emily Copp

toobusy-image1I believe it is extremely important to understand how to delegate for myself and my caregivers to experience success. Though these tips are for employers, they are applicable to any delegation success.

1 – Think of Time as an Investment – teaching someone else how to complete a task may take more time initially but down the road it saves time as they are able to do the job with assistance later

2 – Avoid Last-Minute “Task Dumping” – giving someone something to do because you don’t want to or waited until the last minute

3 – Provide Clear Direction – think about the directions, “include key requirements, parameters, expectations”, provide resources and information that will be helpful, give any deadlines that exist or time frames needed

4 – Don’t Prescribe – give directions but let the caregiver figure out how to do it

5 – Identify and Communicate Metrics – provide details of expectations or needs specifically to avoid confusion

6 – Choose the Right Person – consider caregivers, their talents, available time, comfort with the task

7 – Encourage Personal Development – mainly for employees however giving caregivers the opportunity to do more than menial tasks demonstrates trust, especially if one is already struggling with the more complex issues, don’t ask for help if it is not really needed though

8 – Don’t Evade Responsibility – “Delegating tasks doesn’t mean evading responsibility and blaming someone else if it goes awry. Allow time for bumps in the road and be ready to provide guidance”

9 – Remember that Different isn’t Wrong – approach and method for completing tasks is unique to each person, when delegating expect these differences

10 – Consider the Side Effects of Micromanaging – does not relieve one of a task if they are in the middle of the specific details, can cause lack of motivation for caregiver to offer assistance

11 – Acknowledge and Reward – show appreciation, communicate with caregivers the efforts you see, “A simple ‘thank you’ is often enough.”

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Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.