Do you ever feel like 20% of your board members are doing 80% of the work? Unfortunately you’re not alone. An unbalanced workload can be damaging to team morale and is unsustainable in the long run. All to often overworked members find themselves burnt out and looking for the door.
Luckily there are some things we can do to prevent this from happening to your association.
1. Think macro, not micro.
The smaller your association, the harder this is. But, try to remember that the most important role you have as a board member is to set and enforce big picture policy. Don’t get stuck volunteering and micromanaging day to day tasks to the point of burnout.
Don’t be afraid to delegate!
2. Whats really important?
You may leave the meeting with 20 tasks for immediate completion but maybe only 10 must be completed before the next meeting. Be honest and realistic about what needs to be done and more importantly what can be done.
Don’t place unnecessary pressure on yourself and other members.
3. Always be recruiting.
Be on the lookout for interested home owners and invite them to serve on committees that report back to the board. This way they can get their feet wet and learn about the role of a board member.
New blood is a great way to prevent board member fatigue.
4. Switch it up!
Sometimes the best way to fight board member burnout is to change roles. Maybe you can find new life with new responsibilities.
5. Play to your strengths.
Speaking of your role… Make an effort to help out in areas you enjoy and are confident in. Nothing burns out an art teacher faster than balancing the books.
Maybe the accountant can handle that?
6. Be aware and appreciative.
Remember, it’s not all about you. Look for the signs of burnout in your fellow board members. Help them out by recognizing and appreciating their hard work.
There’s no ‘i’ in team!