Board reality check
WORKERS need to analyse t h e i r a i ms b e f o r e nominating for a committee or a board to prevent damage to their careers, a career consultant says.
IB Coaching organisation development consultant Merydith Willoughby says many employees rightly aspire to be on committees and boards as they move up the corporate ladder but not enough adhere to the right behaviours.
She says too many workers join a committee for the wrong reasons and do not fulfil their obligations.
It can harm their career advancement in the long run as they get a reputation for being a slacker, selfish or not having skills.
‘‘Some do so because it will look good on their CV,’’ she says. ‘‘Others are serious about their commitment and will work hard to achieve the constitutional goals.
‘‘While the passion and enthusiasm is there in the beginning, far too many do not do what they said they would and leave it up to the rest of the committee.’’
She advises workers to analyse why they want to be part of the committee or board, whether it’s for career advancement or to help an organisation.
Workers also need to set their tenure with the group and decide how much time they can commit to the position.
‘‘Certainly before I commit to a committee I will find out exactly what the requirements and commitments are because I have been caught out too many times with being told there would only be a few hours’ commitment when the reality was different,’’ Ms Willoughby says.
‘‘I am only interested in being on committees if I am passionate and enthusiastic about their function, because it takes my time away from other things.
‘‘To nominate just because I want to look good is wrong.’’
Joining a board is a serious commitment for employees.