Governor wellbeing matters
Common stressors for governors include:
- Heavy workloads
- Feelings of incompetence or lack of purpose
- Time constraints
- Competing responsibilities
And just as in any other workplace, poor mental health and wellbeing can lead to:
- Reduced productivity
- Increased absenteeism
- Social problems
- Difficulty recruiting
While it's no single person's responsibility to maintain the mental health and wellbeing of all the governors on the board, there are some tweaks that you, as a chair or clerk, can make to ensure that governance isn't overly burdensome.
Prioritise induction and training
If a board is to run efficiently, every governor has to know how to function in their role. This is as true for brand-new governors as it is for experienced ones who are tackling new roles.