Delegation = Development Opportunity
I recently saw an article suggesting that you “Never delegate an important job to an (inexperienced) employee”….Hog Wash! It obviously makes sense on the surface not to give an important task to someone lacking the experience by themselves. What is missing in this logic is the training opportunities that are afforded. How do you expect your people to grow if they aren’t challenged to go beyond their current experience.
There are three terrific opportunities lost in this delegation assignment to an inexperienced employee:
- The chance for the growth and development of the employee.
- The manager’s opportunity to create added bench strength by increasing the abilities of a team member.
- A mentoring opportunity to recognize a veteran by asking them to mentor another team member through an important assignment.
The next time you have an important assignment, consider the option of assigning an inexperienced person and a Mentor. It will become a triple play!
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