An often over-looked opportunity for managers is the training and growth opportunities afforded when delegating work assignments. Particularly in the situation where a manager is developing a detailed project plan with a number of people and action steps involved in executing the assignment. Inherent in the responsibility project management is to provide training opportunities. Sometimes a particular team assignment or project requires special skills or experience. That said, there is is very often one or more opportunities for training and development in the delegation process.
An organization who strives for excellence must focus on making the team better, stronger and more productive. To accomplish this growth, the greater the skill and knowledge of the team members needs to be. Too often, these opportunities are over-looked. A key is to acknowledge that the manager has the task of not only delegating project assignments but to keep looking for opportunities to delegate tasks that will provide a chance for a particular employee to learn and grow. This is really a core competency of a strong manager. When planning a project and the action steps required, the managers need to take the time to look for skill training opportunities for members of the team.
The steps in this type of puposeful growth and development is to make training a part of most every project plan. At a macro level, the process is actually very simple and requires minimul time to pinpoint growth:
- After the initial Project Plan is completed with all the Action Steps identified, look for assignments that would provide a chance for members of the work Unit to learn a new skill or acquire new knowledge.
- Determine if this particular action step will require minimal or greater training.
- If the assignment requires little training, it may only require orientation for the employee.
- If the assignment is more complex and requires special skill or experience; determine if a training session would be best or if an experienced employee can be assigned to the “trainee” to mentor and instruct on the assignment.
- The technique of assigning a mentor also helps with team building, morale and assessment.
Developing a coveted reputation as a manager who gets things done through others can be significantly enhanced by using project assignments as a deliberate opportunity for employee training and development. People will gravitate to a manager with an employee development focus. Others will want to work with a manager and his/her business Unit that has that kind of employee development focus.