Greenacre Group Update
Greenacre Group Update Summer/Spring 2023
It’s been a busy quarter, with a flurry of movement across the sector, and the CIH Brighton Housing Conference taking centre stage in May. The conference brought together housing professionals from across the UK to discuss some of the hottest topics currently affecting the industry. Fluctuating market demands, combined with continuous challenges across our workspaces and living environments, will play a pivotal role in how we shape housing vision, strategy and policy throughout 2023.
As a national housing recruiter, we’ve been busier than ever. As well as the relentless appetite for asset management, data, building safety and compliance roles, we are currently experiencing a high demand for roles relating to responsive repairs and surveyance.
Workplace wellbeing continues to be a top priority this quarter, as record numbers of people are reportedly signed off work due to covid-related conditions and poor mental health.
Creating Learning Environments Where Future Housing Leaders Can Thrive
We were delighted to successfully complete our 2022/23 Flagship Leading for Tomorrow and Learning To Lead programmes this Spring. Up and coming leaders from a variety of professional disciplines came together from housing organisations across the sector, to deliver their end of programme presentations and showcase their learnings.
We are currently in our third successive year of delivering these bespoke programmes, which use a strengths-based approach to nurture individual talent, combined with using real and current regional and national industry problems to find collaborative solutions, in a fast-evolving industry.
Our Leading for Tomorrow Participants combined their diverse strengths and skills to work on group projects, applying the behaviours, tools and thinking skills they learnt throughout the programme. The result was three fantastic ideas aimed at solving problems for their combined customers and colleagues within the sector.
Attraction and Retention in a Skills-Hungry Environment
Greenacre MD Dan Short has been actively engaging with industry professionals and thought leaders across the housing sector this quarter, sharing key recruitment market and leadership development insights and trends across some of the top housing events this season.
Most recently, Dan joined a panel of industry experts at the CIH Brighton Housing Conference, where the conversation focused on addressing the critical challenges surrounding skills attraction and retention within the sector. These discussions radiated around understanding the current recruitment landscape, identifying the most in-demand skills that are in short supply, and exploring effective strategies that we expect to see more of in the months and years to come.
Below, Dan delves into some of the insights and recommendations he shared at the conference, shedding some light on how organisations can shift from a reactive, vacancy-led approach towards a more proactive talent management style.