Utility Compliance Blog
To delegate or not to delegate is a question that always begs to be answered many times during a workday. Directors delegate to their Superintendents. Chief Operators and Foremen’s delegate to their subordinates. Frontline supervisors delegate to the process technicians, trainees, or mechanics. At all levels of supervision, you are looking for a competency, thoroughness, and accountability.
However, not all tasks can be delegated to a subordinate. Here are some areas to consider when the choice presents itself “to delegate or not to delegate”.
Not to Delegate
Here are some ideas to assist you in determining when to execute a task yourself:
- Task is mandated for you to complete, per your direct supervisor, exclusively.
- There is sensitive material or classified material that is not suited for a subordinate.
- If your subordinates are not properly trained to perform the given task.
- If the deadline for the project does not permit you to coordinate, train, and follow-up on the assigned project.
Delegation can make a supervisor’s job more manageable. There can be several tasks that can competently be completed by a subordinate. Here are some ideas to help determine when to delegate: