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It is important
for new board members to know about the workings of the association and
their responsibilities as a committee member.
It is good practice to provide a
structured, comprehensive and practical orientation to the activities,
policies and structure of the association.
Board induction is
essential to ensuring that new board members become productive
contributors to the Board as quickly as possible.
well designed board induction process will help to ensure that new
board members are aware of their roles and responsibilities and to
understand the organisation's objectives and operations. It will assist
new board members to more easily grasp the processes, procedures and
aims of the organisation, which will in turn help to boost their
confidence and decision making.
Most induction programs for board members only include a series of organisational papers. These papers typically include:
major problem with this type of induction program is that it almost
solely relies on the director reading masses of information that are
primarily historical in nature. Whilst these documents are essential to
bring the director up to speed with information, there is also the risk
that the director will not be ready to contribute to the discussions and
decision making of the board.
This unwillingness to contribute
can often be attributed to the director feeling they do not understand
the culture of the board, or that they are unsure of what they need to
know or ask.
A more strategic and conscious governance induction program focuses on the key behaviours and attributes.
A well planned board induction process should ensure that the following are considered:
Questions to ask your board about board I=induction:
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