Today’s blog post continues on with our ongoing video series on effective and powerful employee motivators. The last one I gave you was Strategy #18: create a vision and sense of purpose. And today, Strategy #19 is to delegate effectively. And the key word here is “effectively”. In order for delegations to be employee motivators, they must be done “effectively”, which means something very specific in this context.
Often, managers tell me that I’d like to delegate … but my employees resist responsibility. And quite frankly, they already have more work than they can handle. In fact, the research shows that the belief that employees resist responsibility is a myth. Most staff welcome responsibility, but in order to be successful, they also need two more things in addition to responsibility. In order to fulfill the responsibility, they also need authority AND accountability. And it’s in these two areas that delegation often falls apart.
Delegate authority with responsibility
Often, managers are quick to delegate responsibility, but they either inadvertently or intentionally do not delegate the authority to act to fulfill that responsibility. Continue reading