Greenacre Group Update
Addressing Cross-Sector Challenges
The CIH Housing Conference in Manchester highlighted some of the biggest challenges currently facing the sector, and there is a collective passion to drive forward positive change, despite the complex and ambiguous overall environment.
The conversations around the tenant experience and building a sustainable future are bringing up some difficult questions. How are we driving forward the changes needed to ensure our industry standards are highly regarded? How do we address the biggest challenges, including tenant feedback, retrofitting, difficult-to-improve existing housing stock, energy poverty and decarbonisation? How do we attract the right people into the sector to address the ever-growing technological skills gap?
Planting the Seeds For Success
With the Great Jobs Migration continuing at a pace, organisations across the globe are struggling to attract, retain and develop their talent. This is due, in part, to a seismic shift in the way people think about their worklife and the part it plays in the greater scheme of things. In essence, we are experiencing a global employment existential crisis.
Now, more than ever, people want to feel a sense of purpose and for their work patterns to reflect their changing needs and the cross over between daily work and personal lives. There is a greater appetite for diversity, inclusion and opportunities to follow individual passions within our workspaces. For this to be successful there should be an emphasis on strengths, trust and belonging. Succession Planning has never been more important.
Attracting Young People Into Housing
Talent attraction to the housing industry has been a big topic at this year’s housing event in Manchester, and our enthusiastic Recruitment team were present and on hand to offer advice and support to those who needed it!
Our Marketing and Communications Lead Alma Sheren joined the fantastic CIH Futures Board on a panel discussion to talk about how media bias plays into the negative perceptions of the industry, and the need for a national drive to attract younger people into housing. The Futures board shared their experiences of taking part in the GEM Programme, which offers a wide range of jobs and intensive learning experiences in the housing sector across the country and internationally, and works to match people to roles which will suit their passion, skills and experience.