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How to Delegate Tasks at Work – and What Not to Delegate

Do you struggle with delegating tasks at work? The first step is figuring out how to know what to delegate, which is what these workplace tips are all about.

“A resistance to delegating can be a reflection of your own securities about being replaceable. If you can train others to do what you do, you’ll no longer be needed,” writes Julie Morgenstern in Making Work Work: New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office.

“Of course, there are certain responsibilities you should never delegate. The real purpose of delegation is to free you to focus your time on your highest-value tasks, and the first step is to identify which tasks you should never delegate.”

Here, Morgenstern explains what task to delegate at work, and what tasks to do yourself. If you struggle with delegating task, read If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself!: The Power of Effective Delegation.

“Delegating is about making sure that the best person to do a job is doing it,” writes Julie Morgenstern in Read Making Work Work: New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office.

How to Delegate Tasks at Work If you’re new to delegating tasks at work — especially if you own a small business or are in a new management position — it can be difficult to know what to let go of and what to keep. Some managers and small business owners off-lad the tasks they dislike doing, which isn’t the most effective way to delegate!

Remember that delegating to coworkers may not get you ahead at work.

4 Jobs You Shouldn’t Delegate to Employees

  1. Tasks that allow your unique talents to shine, and that directly affect what Morgenstern calls the “revenue line.”
  2. Tasks in which you’re the only one with the expertise to make tough judgment calls.
  3. Responsibilities that bring you joy and define the meaning of your job.
  4. Responsibilities that reflect why your company hired you.

4 Jobs You Should Delegate at Work

  1. Responsibilities that are in someone else’s job description – not yours.
  2. Tasks that you’re doing out of habit, comfort, or routine, but that aren’t the best use of your time.
  3. Tasks that you honestly aren’t good at doing – not just those work responsibilities that you don’t like.
  4. Responsibilities that deplete you of the time or energy you need for more significant activities.

Are you worried about being replaced at work if you delegate too much? Here’s what Morgenstern says: “If you delegate tasks effectively, you will still be viewed as responsible for the increased productivity of your department. When the people under you thrive, it makes you look good, not weak…So let go of tasks that other people can do, and free yourself up for new projects.”

For more tips on delegating to employees, read How to Be More Assertive at Work – From Asking to Negotiating.

If you have any thoughts on delegating tasks at work, please comment below.


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