Top tips to keep your board running smoothly and protect governors' wellbeing

Wellbeing and workload issues affect governors, too. Here are practical steps you can take to protect your governors and make sure your board is working at peak efficiency.

Last reviewed on 5 March 2021
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  1. Governor wellbeing matters
  2. Prioritise induction and training
  3. Delegate
  4. Keep schedules
  5. Keep meetings focused and on track
  6. Download our template agenda and memorandum
  7. Be flexible
  8. Say thank you

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.

New governor induction and further training for experienced governors can protect your governors' wellbeing by: