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4 tips for effective virtual delegation

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Delegating is an important skill, and knowing how to do it makes you a more valuable employee. If you have co-workers off site, you’ll need to know how to delegate virtually. Here’s how.

1.  Understand the task. If you’re ex­­plain­­ing a project to someone else, you’ll need to understand it thoroughly so you can explain it thoroughly. Make your expectations clear. Provide step-by-step instructions, if necessary, and establish deadlines. Check in to en­­­­sure those you’re delegating to under­­stand the project.

2.  Communicate effectively. Some­­times your team might need a simple email and sometimes it might need a phone call. You want your message to come across clearly and effectively.

3.  Keep records. Document communication and processes. Doing so makes it possible to identify where problems arise and establish procedures for the next time around. Use project-tracking software so everything is in one place for people to access.

4.  Trust your people. Remember that you give people tasks and projects because you believe they can complete them. If necessary, break projects up smaller tasks that others can handle. Train everyone on what they should be able to do, so you have multiple people who can take on tasks when needed.

Knowing how to delegate will make you a more efficient administrative assistant, and will help you build important leadership skills. Delegating to virtual teams can be tricky, but handing off those tasks will help you in the long run.

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