Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Let Go of the Work.But Also Keep Control

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Let Go of the Work.But Also Keep Control

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Of course, you want the job to be done right, but at the same time you don't want to constantly be looking over someone's shoulders. Here are some ways to achieve that balance:

Be clear when and how you will check in along the way. For a major task, set dates to determine progress and a final date for completion. With less experienced people, make sure early on that they understand your instructions. Don't ask vague questions like, "How's it going?" And don't surprise people with the request to "Let me see what you've done so far."

Be available to help if someone seems to be struggling. Be aware that many people do not like to ask for help, for a variety of reasons. For one, they might assume that, if they've been assigned a task, they are expected to know how to do it.

It can help to ask for informal reports along the way. …

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