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2012-11-29 09:52:21 AM
Identify the problem. You may not realize that you're unnecessarily hoarding work. Look for warning signs. For example, are you working long hours and feel indispensable, while your staff keeps regular hours?

Maybe that's why I no longer have a job. I used to just delegate everything to the trash basket.
 
2012-11-29 10:02:45 AM
Mother F!ers! I was told at four reviews that I needed to learn how to delegate. That is exactly how it was said to me. I needed to learn to delegate to other people in my department of just me! Four straight years, and that was the excuse keeping me from getting better raises. Well, I could not tell myself to do anything because I am not the boss of me.
 
2012-11-29 10:27:55 AM
Had a guy I could delegate work to -- we actually delegated work to each other as our work loads varied. The company laid him off. Now anly delegated work just comes right on back like a boomerang.
 
2012-11-29 10:29:14 AM
Delegation is great! If you have the cash (or actual power in the workplace) that is...

shiat like a wash and fold and housecleaning service adds up.
 
2012-11-29 10:34:22 AM
Let me just delegate this assignment to my assista.... oh look it's still just me.
 
2012-11-29 10:37:37 AM
Delegate? This shiat won't get done right.
 
2012-11-29 10:41:08 AM
In the time it takes to explain to someone how and what to do and then have to re-do it because they screwed it up or listen to them give me an excuse why they didn't get it done yet, I can do the task myself.
 
2012-11-29 10:46:24 AM
Who can I delegate my goofing off on Fark to?
 
2012-11-29 10:47:03 AM
Delegate to whom? One person is now doing the job of 5 in most companies.
 
2012-11-29 10:54:33 AM
Looks aorund.... well looks like I can only delegate this back to my boss who just delegated it to me after his boss delegated it to him... all the way up to the VP level. Oh I guess that would be bad, I will just have to make a command decission. Well as the guy who washes toilets around here I say "YES we should split the stock." Now that is done, I need to get some sawdust. It looks like a kid just got sick on the 3rd floor. BRB in 26 minutes.
 
2012-11-29 11:18:46 AM
Can you guys read this article for me and summarize it? That'd be great! Thanks!
 
2012-11-29 11:20:21 AM
A year ago I had 2 compotent people that I could delegate jobs to. Now I got a bible thumper that is more worried about decorating the dock and shopping while trying to get back into Liberty to get her degree in public speaking and dance and a guy with his head stuck in his iphone. I had 3 days off last month came back to a nightmare. Im glad my guys before got promoted but for fark sake send me people half as good as them at least.
 
2012-11-29 12:49:27 PM
In this thread:

- people who claim that they just CAN'T delegate work, because they are the ONLY ONES IN THE WORLD who know how to do it JUST right

- people who claim that managers who delegate effectively are just useless morons who do nothing and deserve no credit for anything

Granted the comments here won't be quite as bad as if this were on Yahoo Finance, but I'm guessing it will still be a bunch of whiny derp.
 
2012-11-29 01:18:10 PM
I'm learning that skill right now. It's helped quite a bit. Helps that I now have someone I can delegate too.

That, and the many polite ways of saying RTFM.

Seriously, 50% of my time is explaining things that are either already in the manual, or I've explained 10 times before, sent an email, written a KB article, (and a few cases even had a team meeting about).

The service manager has even noticed that his guys are not thinking and running to me for issues they encounter before even talking to him or another service guy.

I write the software, so when they see a problem, they send me an error log and say "Fix it for me". Most of the time, it's hardware and wiring, not software.
 
2012-11-29 01:55:50 PM
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delegate that junk cleaning
 
2012-11-29 04:04:45 PM
You know how you have those business meetings that could be said in a simple email yet somehow take an hour out of your Saturday morning?
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2012-11-29 05:19:38 PM
Related CSB:

Yesterday afternoon the division VP pulls me into his office, I know it's going to be bad because the local head of HR is already there. VP starts in on how he's been getting complaints about delays and lack of responsiveness for the last 2 months, spends about 10 minutes detailing the numbers showing the output from my department has dropped about 20%. Finally finishes and asks if I have anything I'd like to say in response.

I took a minute to calm myself (not an easy task) then replied that I thought it would have been worse considering he had laid off the only other person in my department 2 months ago and cross-department corporate politics meant I couldn't hand off anything to anyone in another department, even if it's work they're already doing like basic data entry or logistics tracking. I managed to do it without swearing but I may have raised my voice a bit.

I expected to hear "You're fired" but we sat there in silence for a few minutes while he and the HR rep looked at each other, then he told me to go back to my office. This morning I was introduced to the folks that I'm going to train to take over my routine busywork. I'm still not sure if that was a dodged bullet or a well-prepared setup by the VP, I'd just like to be able to actually take my vacation without being either tracked down like a fugitive or handed a flaming pile of emergencies the minute I get back in the office.
 
2012-11-29 08:20:22 PM
I have no authority to delegate my work, so yeah, not gonna work.
 
2012-11-29 08:44:36 PM
I work in software, as do many farkers here, so this rant may be a bit biased towards that industry. I'm relatively new at my job (just shy of 6 months, but have years and years of IT experience), so I've been on the other end of lots of these "In the time I could take to properly delegate to the FNG I could've done it myself" emotions. I agree, it takes considerable amount of time properly delegate work with all the information gathering, explaining, etc...In a nutshell you have to ensure that whomever you're delegating to is set up for success - and that often takes way more time than it would take for you to do yourself. I'm getting to the point where I feel that way about some items I have on my to-do list at work, so it's a universal sentiment - I would almost say that if you can't say that about some things, you're not very efficient at your job or don't know how to make improvements. However, there's two things that are often not realized about delegation. 1) Proper delegation also means that whomever you pushed it off onto now owns that, and is one less thing for you to have to worry about in the future. 2) It's also this same sentiment that I find a lot of people who either just idle in their position or get "promoted in place" carry. With that being said, you know who (hopefully, it's not the case all the time) knows how to properly delegate? The people above you. You know how they got there? Figuring out how to delegate to many people in a quick, efficient, proper, error-free manner.
 
2012-11-29 10:57:31 PM
That time you "waste" showing people how to do the work you ask of them is called training. Not everyone picks things up the first few times so they have to be shown and taught. It helps if you have some skills at communication and relating to people to figure out how they learn best. If you can't figure this out you have no business being a supervisor or manager and need to go back to being a peon who just does what you're told to do.
 
2012-11-29 11:40:49 PM

BStorm: Related CSB:

Yesterday afternoon the division VP pulls me into his office, I know it's going to be bad because the local head of HR is already there. VP starts in on how he's been getting complaints about delays and lack of responsiveness for the last 2 months, spends about 10 minutes detailing the numbers showing the output from my department has dropped about 20%. Finally finishes and asks if I have anything I'd like to say in response.

I took a minute to calm myself (not an easy task) then replied that I thought it would have been worse considering he had laid off the only other person in my department 2 months ago and cross-department corporate politics meant I couldn't hand off anything to anyone in another department, even if it's work they're already doing like basic data entry or logistics tracking. I managed to do it without swearing but I may have raised my voice a bit.

I expected to hear "You're fired" but we sat there in silence for a few minutes while he and the HR rep looked at each other, then he told me to go back to my office. This morning I was introduced to the folks that I'm going to train to take over my routine busywork. I'm still not sure if that was a dodged bullet or a well-prepared setup by the VP, I'd just like to be able to actually take my vacation without being either tracked down like a fugitive or handed a flaming pile of emergencies the minute I get back in the office.


I had almost this exact conversation with the owner of my company. Same thing; productivity slipped, but far less than I had anticipated. Well, seeing as I was a department of one doing the same work load that four used to do, my pay had been cut 28% over the pas year, my hours reduced to 30 per week, and all I had was five 30-year old production machines that were suffering the ill effects of my reduced preventative maintenance budget. On top of that, we had a prolonged and unexpected surge in orders. I had, honestly, expected far worse. So I told him why production was down. I started telling him how we could streamline things, find cost savings to get more maintenance parts and get ahead of the backlog if he just permitted me a a full 40 hour work week. i kept my cool, cited actual numbers and integrated some ideas that had worked in other departments. Well, being an "executive decision maker", he shut me up half way through my solutions with a stern "stop making excuses, and wasting time with all this talk! Just get it done". Four weeks later they closed my whole department, subcontracted that work to some overseas joint and laid me off. Job Creation is a tough business. I'm glad he pays himself the big bucks to solve the problems.
 
2012-11-30 07:55:01 AM
You know what I love?
Guys who delegate everything to anyone within earshot and then take credit for the work those other people did.
 
2012-11-30 09:56:55 AM

mavexe: 1) Proper delegation also means that whomever you pushed it off onto now owns that, and is one less thing for you to have to worry about in the future.


Yep. All that legwork to set them up for success the first time is an investment in hopefully never having to do that particular pile of bullshiat again.

/was just getting the hang of it in the military when I got out, now I'm subordinate-less again
 
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