March 27, 2018

Signs of Association Board Member Burnout

Burnout is inevitable, and even hardest-working individuals are not immune. Fatigue tends to be the culprit, and it can derive from an apathetic Board, and sometimes, a broken Board. This, in turn, can develop into burnout. This is the reason why new blood on a Board is always important.  Nonetheless, burnout can still happen, and there are a multitude of factors that can contribute to it!  Here are three signs of Community Association Board member burnout.

You Simply Do Not Care About Owners’ Complaints Any Longer

If this sums up your attitude, you might just be in “burnt out”!

A primary activity of a Community Association Board is managing owner complaints and concerns.  They can range from the legitimate to the ridiculous and outrageous – but it does come with the territory.  As a new or first-time Board member, one might consider everything as a “Priority A” issue.  Over time, you learn how to better prioritize and classify emergencies.  The end stage offers the potential that you simply stop caring.  You no longer feel the desire to fix, address or tend the issue – and you just want it to stop, or “go away!”  This is a major sign of Community Association Board member burnout.

You Make Up Excuses to Skip and Miss Meetings

Your regular Association Board meeting, for attendees, may be compared to watching paint dry, but it can be heated and intense for the Board members.  Whether debating major issues like ongoing legal matters, or staff concerns, or more trivial things like paint colors, the Board meeting is where the Association conducts its business.  You know you have Board member burnout when you start missing meetings…with regularity.  And, you’re really suffering from burnt out when you make up excuses to purposely miss meetings.  The “lameness” of the excuse often represents the level of your burn out.

You Stop Replying in a Timely Manner

If the home owner moved out by the time you replied… you might be burned out!

There are legitimate reasons for Boards to act slowly.  Nonetheless, you owe it to your home owners to move issues along and bring them to a timely resolution. If you cannot move as quickly as desired, honest explanations citing reasons and obstacles go a long way to prevent the perception that the Board does not care.  Whether it is email, digital collaboration platforms, or whatever the Association uses, when your responses consistently stretch out, you know you’re suffering from Community Association Board member burnout.

Condo Association Board Member Burnout Does Not Make You Strange!

Burnout is a natural occurrence.  Do any of these signs sound familiar? Are there other signs and obstacles?  They are all important to recognize as you assess what’s important to you in life.  You might be able to push through it, take a break, or maybe even step down.  Figuring out the right path forward is a primary key to leading a better Community Association life…as well as your personal health.