This guidance recommends assigning both the reporting of work and the work itself when delegating.

If you're not a manager, you might be surprised what us managers think about when we assign work to our directs. If you're not a manager, you probably assume, hey, he gave me the work, I know it's mine, I'll do it, it's my job, after all. Easy to be him or her.

That's not always what we assume. Even with top performers, there are times when we wonder: Will it get done? Can they do it? Will they do it WELL? Will they do it on time? How will I know the status between now and when it's due? Will they let me know if something goes wrong? Why don't they proactively communicate more? Why do I have to go check? Am I going to have to have a difficult conversation? Am I going to end up having to do it myself?

At least for part of that, there's a solution. It's a simple thing, but it will save you hundreds of hours work over your career, and millions of moments of heartache and worry.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How do I make sure my directs tell me what they've done?
  • How do I make sure my directs do the work they should?
  • How do I find out status on my direct's work?

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