CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The onboarding process is a key area for improvement for association and nonprofit boards to better prepare board members to be effective, according to a new survey from Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII), a premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping worldwide, in partnership with Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
Association and Nonprofit Board: Maximizing Effective Service reflects the input from more than 500 association and nonprofit board members across North America, building on last year's survey to include the nonprofit sector. The report also sheds light on best practices for consideration to improve the onboarding process, ensure a positive experience and strengthen the board's impact.
Less than half of respondents (45%) said their organization's onboarding experience properly prepared them to be an effective board member, while just over half (53%) had experienced a defined onboarding process when they first joined the board of directors.
"Boards are under increasing demands to fully engrain themselves in the organizational vision, contribute to financial performance, and generate sustainable results, so it's worrisome that most boards in the association and nonprofit space lack a formal board orientation that sets up board members for success," said Bill Hudson, partner and member of the Education, Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Practice at Heidrick & Struggles.
More than half of respondents have been on their board for three years or less and two-thirds of association and nonprofit boards have term limits, further underscoring the need to formalize the process to help new directors serve more effectively as boards experience turnover.
Additional gaps in the onboarding process include: Just one-third of incoming board members received an explanation about the board's evaluation of the CEO; 51% didn't receive an explanation of its organizational culture; 40% didn't receive an explanation of internal organization staffing; and 24% of survey respondents weren't informed of board leadership hierarchy. "Engaging board member involvement begins with setting the right expectations with onboarding best practices. This research provides a roadmap for success," added Dr. David Rehr, Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.
Other key findings of the study include:
For the complete Association and Nonprofit Boards: Maximizing Effective Servicereport, visit http://www.heidrick.com/Knowledge-Center/Publication/Association_and_nonprofit_boards_Maximizing_effective_service.
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