Jul. 4th, 2012 07:33 am
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[personal profile] awatson wrote a great post on burnout recently. I've mostly been suffering from those symptoms too much to write in here, despite my early dreams. If you want more OTW news, [personal profile] renay and [personal profile] hl are also writing a bit from different perspectives.

Board is difficult. We have three people who can hardly ever make a meeting at the moment. I would say you can see from our minutes, but I'm having trouble getting a quorum to approve the minutes so I can post them. And it's getting to be holiday season, so it's only going to get harder. We can't really have the discussions of big issues that we need if only half the board are there. So we tick along on the admin side, and work on making specific committees more sustainable.

That's an uphill battle, too. We have had an unlucky year, with six chairs having to step down in the first six months of the year - that's significantly higher than normal. We've also had a lot of experienced staffers finally hit the point of "too much". So for those who are left, training newbies is balanced with keeping things running, and trying to fit in some long-term strategic thinking in the gaps. It's easy to think that all we need to do is train and mentor more people for future leadership, but mentoring is hard work, even if it's rewarding. There are people who say they have tons of professional experience, but then don't seem to apply any of the expected skills to their org work. Which applies to me some days, too - I forget that the day-job skills for dealing with difficult clients could be applied to fannish friends in the org.

The AO3 performance problems have slipped off the headlines, but behind the scenes everyone knows it's only a temporary reprieve - we need to fix the actual problems so they don't recur. And because of the stress that's causing, still no-one wants to talk about any of the issues that were raised publicly during the last election.

I wanted to end this on a hopeful note, but I can't think of one right now. I guess that's another of the symptoms of burnout. Anyone want to volunteer for Board next year?

Date: 2012-07-05 06:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unjapanologist
FWIW, I was exceptionally glad to have an org-wide at Australia/Asia time -thank you! It always feels like I either have to miss org-wides because they're in the middle of the night, or have to rearrange my sleeping schedule because they're extremely early in the morning.

Date: 2012-07-05 01:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ruric
Ah thank you for that clarification! One meeting a week is much closer to being do-able!

I completely get that when working across multiple time zones meetings have to timeshift - as long as that timeshift is rota-ed so everyone is equally convenienced and inconvenienced that seems fair. *G*

hasn't been enforced consistently for a while

Which is a problem for a non-profit where your Board is voluntary. Also if the people having perhaps an icreased amount of power on the Board are those who're not showing up? Well it can be very difficult to broach and enforce the regs if they're contintually enforcing a non-quorum state.

I really hope things get better.


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