Small business owners are often reluctant to let go of the reigns of their company and delegate tasks to employees. Many have built the business from the ground-up and still hold close to the idea that “if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” This aphorism isn’t always true, especially when it comes to running a successful business. When small business owners empower their employees to tackle the tasks they no longer need to do themselves, they find that they are more productive, make more money, and have less stress.
Why? Because the weight of the business is no longer on their shoulders alone. Of course, there’s more to it than simply giving employees control over certain areas of the company. Small business owners must have strategies in place to ensure that all of their hard work continues to be performed with the same degree of skill by their employees.
“Letting go” can be a scary proposition, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding how empowering employees can take many tasks off their desks while also helping them grow their businesses makes embracing the idea of delegation much easier.
But before small business owners can be comfortable with letting go of some control, they need to know what it takes to truly empower employees. They must:
• Know their employees: Know the strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, and limitations of each employee so tasks are delegated to employees with the right skill sets.
• Teach them what to do and how to do it: Employees probably aren’t going to do the job in the exact same way the owner is used to doing it. That’s fine. It just needs to be done well. Owners need to explicitly tell employees how they can do the job most effectively.
• Define expectations: They must know how the business owner defines success. Business owners are setting themselves up for failure if they don’t set a clear direction and define goals that are connected to their performance.
• Give them authority: Letting go of the reigns means empowering employees to make their own decisions based on the job entrusted to them and giving them the resources they need to get the job done.
• Be available: Advice and assistance will inevitably be needed along the way, but small business owners should let employees come to them. Keep an open door policy and don’t smother them with ideas.
Small business owners typically have nothing but smiles on their faces after implementing these strategies for empowering their employees. They find that all of a sudden they can focus on their core business to sell more and, in so doing, have a happier and more empowered employees.
The idea of “letting go” is really the key. It’s a scary proposition for many small business owners, but once they empower employees they always see better financial success, not to mention less stress.
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