Three Signs of Condo Association Board Member Burnout


Burnout is inevitable.  Even the most disciplined, hardest-working individuals will find themselves growing fatigued over time.  Too much fatigue – whether from an apathetic Board or a broken Board – will in turn develop into burnout.  This is why new blood on a Board is so important.  Nonetheless, you may find yourself falling into the ultimate burnout stage.  Here are three signs of Condo Association Board member burnout.

You Just Don’t Care About Owner Complaints Anymore

If this sums up your attitude, yeah, you might be burnt out.

One of the bread-and-butter activities of a Condo Board is managing Owner complaints.  These might be legitimate or ridiculous – but they come with the job.  Early in your time as a Board member, you might view everything as an urgent issue.  Over time, you learn how to recognize an emergency from something trivial.  The end stage of this is that you simply stop caring.  You no longer feel any desire to fix the problem – you just want it to stop.  This is a major sign of Condo Association Board member burnout.

You Create Excuses to Skip or Miss Meetings

The monthly Condo Board meeting might be as exciting as paint drying for attendees, but it can be heated and intense for Board members.  Whether fighting over major issues like ongoing litigation or personnel matters, or trivial things like paint colors, the Board meeting is where an Association does its business.  You know you’re suffering from Condo Association Board member burnout when you start missing meetings.  You know you’re really burnt out when you create excuses to intentionally miss meetings.  The lamer the excuse, the more burnt out you are.

You Stop Replying in a Timely Manner

If the Owner has moved out by the time you respond… you’re probably burned out.

Boards can be slow for legitimate reasons.  Nonetheless, you owe it to your Owners to move issues along and bring them to a timely resolution.  Whether it’s email, digital collaboration, morse code, or whatever your community uses, when your responses start stretching out, you know you’re suffering from Condo Association Board member burnout.

Condo Association Board Member Burnout Happens to Everyone

Burnout is a natural occurrence.  Do these signs sound familiar?  Recognizing the signs is important as it becomes time for you to assess what’s important to you.  You might be able to push through it, take a break, or maybe even step down.  Figuring out the right path forward is key to leading a better Condo life.

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