Delegating can sometimes seem like too much work. You need to take the time out of your busy schedule to teach someone else how to do it. There will always be some up front time investment and a learning curve, but if you are assigning the right tasks to the right people it will help you, and your dental practice, in the long run.
How do you go about delegating?
Here are some tips on how to start delegating.
- Write out a list of your daily/weekly/monthly tasks and ask yourself, am I the only one that can do this for each task? Who on my dental team is capable of taking this on?
- Take some time to understand each of your team member’s current workload and strengths, so you are able to delegate it to someone who has the time and will be successful at it. If your team cannot take on another task, then you have two choices, hire and additional team member or delegate to someone outside the practice.
- When delegating tasks make sure you explain your vision and the “why”, not just the “how”. Helping them understand why it is important to do it and do it a certain way will give them more of a vested role.
It can be hard to let go of things you have been doing for so long, but delegating is the only way to increase your time to ensure that essential tasks for growing your practice can be accomplished.