Why do managers not delegate?

The benefits of delegation.

Why do managers not delegate?

  • Delegation involves taking risks and a fear o losing control.
  • The person doing the task may not do it in the same way as you. We are all individuals and have different ways of getting to the same end result.
  • If you find it difficult to delegate you may be giving yourself limiting messages such as:

"I’m the only one who can do these tasks correctly".

"I must take responsibility for everything that needs to be done".

"I’ll do it quicker and better".

"The only way to do a good job is to do it yourself".

The Benefits of Delegation

  • A reduction in your workload in the longer term, through less involvement in detail. Though you will need to put in more effort at the start of the delegation.
  • More time to concentrate on the bigger picture.
  • Motivated staff – one of the most frustrating aspects of a job can be ‘role under-load’ i.e. not having enough to do or not being challenged. If people are not encouraged to take responsibility they will not develop and will not be satisfied in their job as they do not develop.
  • Increase in trust.
  • Better performance from everyone as people are trained and able to take more responsibility.