Tag Archives: appreciation

How to Reduce Volunteer Burnout

Robert volunteered for his community’s architectural control committee soon after he moved in.  He wanted to use his experience as an engineer to improve the association’s permit process.  His knowledge and effort improved the system tremendously.  He was tireless.

The board soon asked him to serve on the budget committee, then on a special task force to review facilities.  Next, the board asked him to supervise a paving project.  When that project was completed, Robert quit.

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“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~ G.B. Stern

Long hours.  Difficult, unwanted projects. No pay or appreciation.  Sounds like being a board member, right?  Worse, it’s the life of a committee member – all the time and effort without the decision-making authority of being on the board.

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