Stop taking the work back – and check in on your micro-managing tendencies. To do this, ask yourself if the work is getting done to a satisfactory level. If it is, and you still feel the need to take the work back – you need to work on your delegation skills.
But let’s say the work isn’t getting done to a satisfactory level.
The first step is to write down what isn’t up to par about the work. Is it the timeline, the end result, or something else? Note what isn’t getting done well. I would also suggest that you look for things within the same process that are being done right – that can help ease the impact of any criticism you have to give.
Once you know what is off about the work, then it’s time to sit down with the person responsible for doing that work. Then you discuss with them the work problems you are seeing, and show them how the work needs to be done. Discuss what the outcomes need to be. Then, and this might be the most important thing here – ask them what they need access to, in order to get those outcomes. If they don’t have an answer to that, though, a good place to start is with additional training.
Once you’ve had this part of the conversation, discuss what needs to change and decide on a timeline to make that correction. Then, schedule a meeting to revisit that plan. If it’s a longer-plan that will take more than a month or two to correct, you’ll want to have check-in discussions scheduled.
Stop taking work back, but follow up during those meetings and discussions to make sure your employee is supported. Connect with me to further discuss this strategy.