UK business owners refusing to delegate

29 July 2016

A large majority of British business owners do not like to delegate tasks to their staff, research finds.

A study by Opus Energy surveyed 250 small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners, examining the energy they put into their businesses, and the way they run them; from the day-to-day tasks to management of staff, to their propensity to delegate.

The study identifies five categories that business owners fall into, from the weightlifter, who takes the responsibility of the whole company on their shoulders, to the archer, who has their eye on the future vision of their company.

Owning and running a small business can be all consuming; 62 per cent of SME owners say they check their emails constantly throughout the day, while almost half of all respondents (47 per cent) have worked through a weekend, due to work commitments.

What’s more, 74 per cent say that their relationships with their partner, friends or family have been affected by working long hours.

A reluctance to delegate

‘An overwhelming amount actually prefer to get on with tasks on their own, with almost half taking full responsibility for new business development within their company. This inevitably has consequences in their personal lives, potentially causing them to burn out, and making it difficult for them to keep their personal life, and work, separate’ – Louise Boland, Opus Energy

The research also highlights that internal working relationships are suffering. For those who fall into the ‘archer’ category, they are so busy that they don’t have time to mix with colleagues.

However, only 12 per cent of SME owners said they stop to have a chat with colleagues when they get into the office. This can cause damage to office relationships, leading to a less engaged team.

When thinking about what success looked like, half of SME owners state that the reputation of the company, and their own success as an owner, are the most important things to them. This ‘weightlifter’ attitude is evidenced in the fact that they barely take a break, with only 15 per cent saying they pace themselves by going for a walk during the day.

Article from:

UK business owners refusing to delegate

More for you to read

Basis Period Reform

Basis Period Reform

What is Basis Period Reform and does it affect me? HMRC are bringing in new rules, called Basis Period Reform, from April 2024 that will see all...

BAS Spring Budget Updates

BAS Spring Budget Updates

Written by Brett Smith, Director & Accountant at BAS. Isn’t Budget Day super exciting? For personal reasons, I had to work from home for a few hours on...

Regardless of the services you select all clients will benefit from:

Free ongoing advice

We want you to succeed

Online portals

Access all historic and current accounts or returns at any time

No surprises

We will never send you a surprise bill for calls, emails or meetings

We keep it simple

We're not a fan of jargon either

Peace of mind

If we say we're going to do it, it will get done

Value for money

We work as efficiently and price as competitively as possible

Everything starts with a conversation,
how can we help?

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Tax & Accountancy

Sian Smith

Sian Smith

Business & Development