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 absence from meetings
- Social difficulties
While it's no single person's responsibility to maintain the mental health and wellbeing of the governors on your board, there are some tweaks that you as a chair, clerk or any other board member can make to ensure that governance isn't overly burdensome.
Prioritise induction and training
If a board is to run efficiently, every governor must be confident in their role. This is the case for both new governors and more experienced ones who are tackling new responsibilities.
- Helping governors feel confident in their roles
- Making sure each governor is doing the best they can
- Keeping the workload evenly balanced