Delegating Tasks for Project Managers: Because why do all the Work When You Can Share the Fun?

Look, we’ve all heard the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” Whoever coined this phrase was definitely not a project manager, and certainly not in construction. Can you imagine trying to lay every brick yourself? Come on! Delegation is our superpower, people.

**Understanding Delegation**

Think of delegation like being a royal—King or Queen of your construction project kingdom. Delegation is the royal decree of passing tasks off to your trusty subjects (team members). The goal isn’t to make them your minions, but to give them a chance to shine and, quite conveniently, lighten your load. Clever, huh?

**Why Delegation Matters**

In the construction world, where multitasking takes on epic proportions, delegation is more than just passing the buck. It’s about survival, sanity, and hey, let’s not forget, successful project completion. Delegate well, and you can focus on the high-level stuff, like working with the client and making strategic decisions.

**The Slick Steps to Delegation**

1. **Picking Tasks to Pass Off**: Let’s be honest. Some tasks are just too critical or fun to delegate. Pick the tasks that can be safely passed off without setting off any disasters.

2. **Selecting by Skill**: Who in your team has the skills to pull off the task without turning it into a train wreck? Pick them. Do consider their workload and how you can help them do their job well.

3. **The Chat**: Be clear about what needs to be done, why it matters, and when it should be finished. Most importantly, let them know what ‘good job’ looks like so they aren’t shooting in the dark.

4. **Resource Handover**: Make sure your team has what it needs to get the job done. This can range from access to files, passwords, or, in some cases, a healthy dose of motivation.

5. **Keep an Eye Out, But Don’t Hover**: Nobody likes a micromanager. Check in on progress without being overbearing and give a hand if needed.

6. **Praise and Party**: Reward and acknowledge the good work. After all, who doesn’t like a pat on the back?

**The ‘Oh, So That’s What You Were Doing’ Moment**

Delegation has its hiccups. Fears of losing control, doubting team abilities, and freaking out over potential failures might make you clutch tasks closer. But remember, delegation is about trust and letting go. It’s okay if things go south once in a while, that’s how we learn, right?

**The ‘We are in This Together’ Feeling**

Delegation, done right, gives your people a sense of being on a team. They get to see you trust them and also experience the thrill of owning a task. Plus, it helps in fostering that ‘One for all, all for one’ team spirit.

**There’s an App for That!**

Today, there are a ton of tools that can help with delegation. Asana, Trello, Microsoft Project are some of the platforms that can help you keep track of who’s doing what and by when.

To wrap it up, effective delegation is about letting go and empowering your team. It’s about letting others share the glory (and the grunt work). Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. As Sir Richard Branson puts it, “Don’t be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” So go ahead, delegate, and start getting things done the royal way!