Why Define Parameters?
Set Clear Guidelines From The Start
When delegating tasks to employees it is vital that a manager defines the parameters before the person commences work on it, otherwise they risk going off at a tangent and completing work which is not acceptable in terms of that which the manager required. This can result in the need for the entire task to be started again from scratch after effectively wasting a lot of time and/or money on the first attempt.
Having to Start Again Will Cause De-Motivation and Mean Time Has Been Wasted
Not only will it waste time, but an employee is likely to become extremely disheartened and demotivated if they are told that what they have done is not correct, and is a sure-fire way of stifling any desire from them to have other work delegated to them in the future for fear of doing it wrong again.
Business Coaching Needs to Play a Part at Every Step of the Process
By performing business coaching both before and during a delegated project, the manager can define the parameters and boundaries, as well as clearly setting out the expected outcomes. It is also a good idea to engage in business coaching sessions after completion too in order to discuss what went well and what could have gone better in order to make the next time smoother. The business coaching meetings before and during the project give the employee a dedicated forum in which to ask questions and clarify points, rather than trying to catch a manager as they rush around doing other jobs for example.
Parameters and Guidelines are There to Stop Employees Causing Issues for the Company
These parameters can be any boundaries or constraints which the employee should not cross, at least without getting permission from the manager beforehand. There are a large number of possibilities, but the most common are likely to include time limits/deadlines, budget and how much (if any) other resources the employee can use in terms of taking other personnel from the department or company to assist them with the task. As each project is likely to be different, so too will the various parameters in place which is why open discussions in business coaching meetings are so important for success.