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Protocol? [Jul. 26th, 2006|03:28 pm]
Hi all... I was wondering if anyone could lend me some advice on this. I've been working as Office Manager for a small nonprofit (only 3 of us full-timers on staff) for about 9 months now. Up until recently I've had little or no interaction with our Board members, and suddenly in the past month I keep getting emails from them asking me to submit reports, asking the status of my projects, etc. All for things up until now they've had no input on.

My E.D. is none too helpful and just says "Give them what they want." And she isn't shedding any light on why they're all up in my business as of late. I've never worked for an org. this small, so maybe I'm just not used to this type of Board, but do you all think this sounds like typical protocol? A friend of mine joked that when this happened at her last job, the E.D. ended up getting fired. Could that be what's going on? I hate not having any type of HR Dept. or anyone I can go to with concerns. Meh. What do you all think?

[User Picture]From: blue_fairie
2006-07-27 12:22 am (UTC)
Boards are funny creatures by nature. Most likely they want to see reports to either find out why something that they feel is wrong or justify a project they feel is important for the organization. If you can submit the reports being sure to note any deviation possibilities or explinations of why things do what they do (accounting requirements or technical limitations leading to possible discrepancies). As long as you are straightforward with organized reports noting the above I wouldn't worry too much. Ps. if you can't produce the data they are asking for be ready to explain why.
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[User Picture]From: kontzel
2006-07-27 02:18 pm (UTC)
You could also try the overly helpful approach. "BoardMember Joe, you need xyz report? Okay, I'll get that for you. Is there some specific information you are going to be pulling from it? If so, I'll make sure you have abc report which shows it in an easier format..." Or ... something. :-P
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