How to Delegate and Truly Enjoy a Luxury Vacation
If you have a luxury vacation coming up, you’ll want to put some thought into how to make things run smoothly, so you can make the most of your time away. According to a recent study by Harvard Business, CEOs put in lots of hours — an average of 62.5 each week. On vacation, CEOs work an average of 2.5 hours per day.
If that’s your idea of a perfect vacation — fine. But let’s assume you want to truly unplug, by swooshing down a ski slope or hiking Base Camp Everest. Fortunately, there are tried and true methods of delegation that will make your luxury vacation a worry-free and relaxing experience.
First of all, delegation shouldn’t be something that happens only in your absence, it should be part of your company’s culture. A healthy culture involves the delegation of tasks to those best suited, rather than hoarding responsibility.
Your business will benefit from allowing each person to do what they do best. If there is something draining your time and it doesn’t fall within the scope of your expertise, find or hire someone well suited.
A method used in software development called ‘pairing’ involves two people working together on a single deliverable. For software coding, this results in higher quality code at a faster pace.
Also, if you want to delegate tasks prior to your luxury vacation, pairing will prepare for a specific task because they will already know the ins and outs. To be clear, pairing is not shadowing. In pairing, your colleague is equal and is actively involved in decision-making.
Trust and empower your team
If your employees feel that their decisions are often questioned or doubted, they won’t be able to act with authority while your away. If you are delegating tasks that come with responsibility, you will need to take the time to build confidence in your team member.
Not only will your colleague gain confidence in their decision-making ability, but you will also gain confidence in their ability — giving you peace of mind while sipping that Mai Tai on vacation.
Let “good enough” be good enough
It is possible that a decision will be made while you are on vacation that will differ from the decision you would have made. That’s okay. There are many ways to solve a problem. Let go of your perfectionism and let “good enough” be sufficient.
Disconnecting from work is difficult — and the portability and pervasiveness of our devices has gone hand-in-hand with our “always on” work culture. It’s hard to take a break with your expected availability, therefore you shoulder most of the responsibility!
Establish healthy boundaries for yourself and resist the urge to check in. If you take the time to train and delegate your colleagues, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your luxury vacation time.
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