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Governance workload

How to govern efficiently

While improving board practice cannot alleviate all workload pressures, our tips suggest ways to make the role manageable.


NGA’s research on governance workload has highlighted board practice that can help to make the role manageable and ensure that governing board duties are carried out effectively.

While efficiencies in board practice cannot alleviate all workload pressures for those who govern, there are often opportunities to implement better ways of working.

The following tips are relevant for all types of governing boards and may be particularly useful for chairs and vice chairs.

The tips cover:

  • staying strategic
  • making the most of board reports
  • how to build positive working relationships
  • addressing development needs
  • the governance professional role

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