The problem with delegation
The idea of getting work off our plate and having another handle it sounds like a dream come true.
Nowadays, everyone seem to be overloaded and constantly busy. We rarely get ahead, yet often accept new responsibilities. Some of us are compelled with a guilt that we have to always give a helping hand even if our personal needs aren’t met.
But then we hear about delegation and it seems like a ram in the bush.
Add to that, the discovery of second world nations offering VA services at just pennies on the dollar and we just know the promise land’s well within reach.
What I’ve come to realize is that delegation will not solve the problems we think it will. If you have to spend new time delegating tasks and thus managing another person - you’re now accruing the expense of two people instead of one!!
Even more, oftentimes delegation isn’t the whole of what we’re seeking. There’s also the need to be relieved of the stress and concern about the work getting done.
You can delegate tasks, but still carry the stress. To get rid of the stress you not only need competent and trust worthy people, but you need quality and communication systems in place.
Without these systems, you may be incessantly checking in, following up and thus not actually getting relief.