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Let’s make job descriptions inspirational….

About 3 months ago I posted a blog/rant about why most Job Descriptions are complete rubbish. You know what I’m talking about. You read the one for the job you are doing now. Uninspiring: Although you said it was really really exciting at interview. Impenetrable: You had to search the web to understand some of ...

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Future Service: Everything is Connected to Everything

This is a future blog. It’s from Jack, a tenant. He wrote it in August 2017 and sent it to us to give a glimpse of how our services have changed. In a world where everything is connected to everything. He says all of the following is possible. “I moved into the flat a year ago ...

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Break Your Own Rules

I had a couple of great little customer service experiences recently that I’d like to share. On both occasions the employee admitted breaking the rules.  They had done something that I , the customer , thought was great service. But it was against the practices or policies as applied by their own managers. See what you ...

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Social Media: A Trust Thing

I’m lucky. I’m part of an organisation where everyone has access to social media. Anyone can set up a Facebook or Twitter account. Anyone can blog. Without restriction. No Policy. One Rule – “If you wouldn’t say it out loud in the cafe area – don’t put it on social media.” So it’s shocking to ...

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Disrupt your Industry. Or be Disrupted.

A customer called us recently. His call was answered really quickly. A repair was needed to his home. His problem was diagnosed with just a couple of questions. He was given a time and date for the repair. He was told it would be in two weeks time  – a part was needed that wasn’t in stock. ...

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Young People are not the problem. But Employers often are.

The other day I was sitting with my colleague , James Walsh , and a Recruitment Consultant – talking about the difficulties of employing young people.  And how employers , and outdated recruitment practices,  are all too often part of the problem. Unintelligible jobs descriptions. Never giving candidates any feedback. Lack of mentoring. The insistence on applying 20th ...

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Is expecting a contribution to community such a bad thing?

Yesterday ,on the  Guardian Housing Network , I asked whether it’s right that a Housing Association should expect a resident to make some sort of contribution to the community they move into. That we expect , as the default position , that everyone makes 5% extra effort to help their new community be the best it ...

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Listen to customers. But don’t feel you have to do what they say…..

“Do your customers agree with what you are proposing?” was one of the questions our Board asked me this week. My response went something like this: “I don’t know. We’ve listened to what they have told us. We’ve observed how they find things difficult to use. And then we’ve tried to create something they will ...

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It’s all about people…….

Yesterday I blogged on the dangers of just talking about what you do ,rather than what you actually change. Today I saw a lovely poem – on our internal social network. It’s written by one of our “Opportunities 4 Employment” customers. O4E is a 6-month paid placement aimed at offering people an apprenticeship and a ...

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What do you do again?

I work for a Housing Association. We build homes and we house people. And I dread people asking me what I do for a living. If you work in the same profession, or any other that doesn’t instantly ignite animated conversation , you will know The Tumbleweed Moment. That moment , those uncomfortable seconds of ...

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