Many people detest delegating tasks. But managers who fail to do it right end up saddled with a nearly impossible workload.
Luckily, there are subtle (and relatively painless) ways to delegate that won’t result in an employee complaining — or doing a shoddy job with the assigned work.
For example, the next time you have to delegate something, add this phrase to the end of your request: “If you can’t do it, I’ll understand.”
This little phrase technically gives an employees an out, so they are less likely to feel angry about having the work forced on them. At the same time, the wording makes it difficult to flat out refuse — so staffers will only pass if they have a very legitimate reason.
Result: Employees will likely put forth their best effort in completing the task.
For more details on how to delegate the right way, check out leadership expert Wally Bock’s advice on the subject.