Let’s face it. In many condo and homeowner associations, a handful of people carry the load for the rest of the community. Those heavy lifters can sometimes become burned out. What can you do to prevent burnout? And what can you do to ease the burden when HOA board members are feeling drained? Here are four suggestions.
Adopt functioning committees. Create many committees, and ask as many owners as possible to participate in the committee system. “A functioning committee system is probably the best way to handle the care and feeding of your members,” says Bob Tankel, principal at Robert L. Tankel PA in Dunedin, Fla., a law firm that advises associations. “Have committees that entice people to be involved in the notion that people feel like they’re protecting their investment.” Through the use of committees, you take some of the burdens off your most taxed members. You also develop a farm team of members who understand how your association operates and may be willing to step up when a board member needs a break.