You're probably familiar with the term enabling as it relates to someone with a substance abuse issue. Did you know that it can also apply to your employees? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, enabling is to "provide with the means or opportunity." When this refers to enabling employees to do their jobs that is a good thing. On the other hand, when you're enabling them to slack off because you are 'helping' them too much, it can be detrimental to your business and your long term success. So, how do you know? How can you tell when you're helping too much? Keep reading to learn more. Want to know how a powerful inventory solution like Stockpile can help with your inventory issues? We'll cover that in this post, as well.
You probably didn't start your business on a whim. Don't assign major projects that way either. Carefully consider your employees and choose the person you feel is best suited to do the job. Yes, there may be constraints. If the best person for the task is about to go out on maternity leave she may not be the best choice at this time. If the person with the most availability has never done something like this he or she may need some extra guidance to get the job done. Weigh your options and then assign the task to the best person for the project.
Provide Good Details Upfront
The more information you provide initially, the fewer questions there should be down the road. If you are vague with your specifications you should expect lots of questions and to be drawn in to the project on numerous occasions. Provide lots of specific details, in writing, and your staff should be good to go. Plus, they'll have something to refer back to when questions do arise.
Trust Your Instincts
Sometimes you can just tell that you're being taken advantage of. You just have a sense that the person asking for help is more capable is they're letting on. Trust those feelings. As a business owner, it's hard to do anything that you think will jeopardize the success of a project. It can be difficult to refuse to help someone when you're worried that saying no will result in the work not being done, or not being done correctly. If you believe they are capable of doing the work (and really you must have been when you hired them and when you assigned them this task) let them do it. You can provide encouragement, support, and even some pointers on how to get the job done, but don't jump in and start doing it for them. That is counterproductive. Your time would be better spent on strategic planning and other initiatives that will grow your company and contribute to your continued success.
A Little Help Is Okay
Everyone needs help sometimes and that's okay. Of course, you want your project to succeed. If an employee needs a little assistance it's always a good idea to provide it. Giving input, offering an opinion, or even jumping in and helping for a short bit can really keep a project from becoming stalled or going off in the wrong direction. Just be aware of how much of the work you are doing and how much they are doing. If you suddenly find yourself driving the train while your employee is off getting coffee, you may have a problem.
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