Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Solarized

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After the glorious extended dry summer we have encountered and mini-drought this year, I suppose it was inevitable that concerns about climate change would not be so far behind. I do believe the majority of scientists and a big fan of microgeneration technologies, utilising wind & solar, instead of usual carbon based sources.

On a recent trip to Scotland, South of Edinburgh, someone has already calculated that an average of just about 3.5+ hours of sunshine a day, might be sufficient to invest in.



Its not surprising that homeowners and Socialhousing landlords, including Torus & GGHT in my own locality, are investing in solar panels, to offset resident energy costs. These also make a significant contribution, particularly during the summer, to the national grid. Earlier in 2017, it was stated that in a particular June week, renewables provided over half of the UK electricity supply. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40198567

EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates) have been an EU requirement for summarising the energy efficiency of buildings, since 2007, initially as part of HIPS. I have often worked with and introduced asset management solutions that enable the rdSAP figure to be recorded and monitored over time.

Typically, improvements in more efficient heating and insulation will increase a rdSAP rating from the mid 60’s towards and ideal of 100.

Interestingly enough, addition of microgeneration, such as wind turbine or solar PV on the roof could potentially increase the SAP rating above 100. IE a property could become a new generator of energy. I discovered this recently working with a local RSL, when an EPC could not be recorded within an asset management module, as an upper limit of 100 was being imposed by the software. While a helpdesk call was already logged, it was only progressed when the use of solar PV was shown.

I so enjoy working with innovative landlords. We need much more thinking out of the box to safeguard our planet and reduce resident fuel costs. 


Related Post: This is not the time to be giving up on the fight for affordable housing 


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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Come Back Brighter

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Do you provide self-service to your residents?


If so, which internal team are responsible for it?


Just let those two questions linger for a while.

Anyone who knows me, will be aware I do a lot of Twitter. I learn a lot there, I really do. It is quite true, as my old man used to say, “Things you see, when you haven’t got a gun”. I love observing the experiences of tenants and particularly the service they receive. There were plenty of alternative views on #HousingDay18, many of which maybe warrant a blog or too.

There are a lot of reasons that residents can benefit by doing their business with their landlord online, not least it should be quicker and can be done without restrictions of office opening times etc. Good use of the internet clearly can make shopping and other things more convenient too, reducing what we pay if we are keener finding canny bargains.

I am not a believer that ‘if you build it, they will come’, far from it. Self-serving for housing often needs some careful thought, communications, nudge or maybe even incentives (how about £10 off your rent every month?). So if you have a resident enjoying self-serving, make them a keeper.

On twitter recently, I spotted one tenant of a medium sized social housing organisation, near to me in the North West of England, who looked to have been locked out of self-service. Password no longer worked and sounding quite digitally savvy, had even emailed then tweeted to ask for help.



Apparently the reply they received was that they were going to get the IT Crowd to look at it. Now I know that in some organisations, if it’s got a 13amp plug on it, that will be the remit of the ICT bods.

Now last time I checked, most self service is sans-plug. 

In fact it’s the new frontline for the service, for a growing audience. Can you imagine Amazon, Sainsburys, EasyJet or John Lewis thinking like that?
Then why in #Socialhousing do we think that would be remotely acceptable?
Those organisations see self-serve as a massive chunk of customer service delivery, if not customer service themselves.

What I think we miss still in many corners of the sector, is that customer service is less of a team, than an overall attitude.

It should be foremost in the minds of all staff, including ICT and perhaps the nice comms person Alison, who replied to the tweet. While problems do occur, self-service needs to be friction free, easy to use and work around when problems occur.

I am aware of what self-service product is in use here. Firstly, if I were in their shoes or that of any landlord witnessing this kind of difficulty, I would be working with the solutions supplier to be fine-tuning this to continually improve it. Test it to distraction too, to ensure all eventualities are catered for, resets etc can be done quickly at at any hour of the day without manual intervention.

Secondly, I would have back office staff aware of how to smoothly help to have that resident up and running again ASAP, maybe in preference to others, first thing the following working day.

I was asked when presenting at a recent conference on Digital Self Service, from people I have worked with, who seems to do it well? My answer was what I had seen from another large North West based landlord, (that began with a T). While queuing at their front desk I witnessed one tenant teach another, to self-serve, while queuing ahead of me, to log a repair.

When it works so well your staff no longer need to promote it and your tenants are doing it for you, I think you may have the problem licked😉

Related Post: Testing, an absolutely essential activity 


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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Love Goes To Building On Fire


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That phrase ‘Building On Fire’ in the UK pretty much conjures up thoughts of the London Grenfell Tower tragedy 14th June 2017, in which 72 people, including a stillborn birth perished, needlessly.



Originally tower blocks such as these were designed with fire safety in mind. In most cases, each flat was totally self-contained, sealed by concrete in most cases. Fire could not spread, this was a design feature. 

Improvement works, often with great intentions, to improve energy efficiency or aesthetics, can often introduce new fire hazards or new means for fire to accelerate, through new voids between dwellings or into them.

Often capital works are initially well planned, with regard to fire safety. Often if these works are cut back or only initial phases are completed, this is where opportunity for fire risks can be introduced. Alternatively, if a robust fire risk assessment regime is not in place, or maybe one is in place but reports are not actively closed out, problems and likelihood of risk to residents may result. I know the ICT systems are out there to record regular FRA’s and what follow up actions are required & taken. There’s plenty of them.

A new TPAS course, has been put together to try to address some of the problem areas above. ‘Resident Engagement in Building Safety’ runs on the 31st October 2018. This will cover:

•    How to support residents to understand building safety
•    Ways to involve residents in decision making with a focus on Multi Storey Blocks
•    How to share key information clearly and transparently
•    What types of support and resources deliver meaningful engagement
•    How to engage vulnerable residents successfully 

This course is designed for staff, board members and councilors or anyone who has an interest in, or responsibility for, resident engagement in building safety.

Lets work together landlords and residents, to make these tower blocks safer.

Read about the TPAS course here - https://www.tpas.org.uk/tpas-events/show/252 - I urge tower block tenants, landlords and contractors involved with tower block capital/planned works, to check it out. This course will do more than just raise awareness, this will potentially save lives. Just one more life lost as a result of lax fire safety, is one too many IMHO.

Additional dates this course runs are:
Book early! 

Related Post: Never mind your digital firewall, are you working on your human one? 


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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Diamonds In The Dirt

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Last week I was honoured to be asked to speak at the first Digital Self Service Conference, #DSSC18 in Solihull.

It was a very interesting event and also good to meet so many people and organisations I have worked with in #SocialHousing and hear how other sectors are doing it well.

It can seem at times, getting digital self-service right, is a bit like searching for diamonds in the dust. Self-serve can feel like graphite, soft & sludgy, not what would be ‘the residents best friend’, the shiny, sharp diamond.

Give your residents diamond service
It was obvious from the conference and some of the comments from attendees, we are getting closer to realising what we need to provide for residents, although still struggling to get there practically. Many of the speakers highlighted how speed was important. If self-service was fast and effective, it will have a pull factor. Then it will be easier to report repairs, pay rent etc that way, better than holding on the phone for ten minutes, or wasting two hours travelling to your landlords town centre office. That’s not to say I believe those latter two options should disappear, but if self-service is done well, other channels for the most common tasks, you would think, will naturally become less popular.

One important point made at the conference, was that just building fantastic self-service, is not enough to make your residents come. I believe it should be fantastic too, in order that we have the best carrots and no need for sticks.

It was clear that robust targets and some change of internal culture is necessary, in order to inform, reveal, assist and help customers get the most from what can be provided. That might mean that staff are trained to help residents access more services digitally, wherever they can. That might be on the housing scheme, in reception, or when meeting them in their homes. Added to this, excellent communication via quarterly newsletters, posters, Facebook, Twitter, the ubiquitous fridge magnet with a QR code on it etc, will all help.

Those are some of the multitude of imaginative ways, that Yarlington & Torus were looking to sign up significant numbers to make the digital option the one of choice, for the majority of customers. Yarlington have seen massive uptake for their self-service, in just the first six months. Inevitably, as more customers self-serve, back office staff mix and the jobs they do, will need to change. It is likely that they will be available to be involved with higher value work, where more empathy is needed, rather than mere repetitive transactional skills.

If you think I can help with your journey to better self-service, selection / comparison of solutions, dealing with your suppliers to help make your solution integrate well, as critical friend, or to review what you already have in place, please get in touch.  

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Joanne Shaw Taylor - Diamonds In The DirtJoanne Shaw Taylor - Diamonds In The Dirt.
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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Voice of the Voiceless

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As many of my twitter followers are aware, I often try to engage as widely as possible in the sector. A lot of that includes chats with lots of residents, who essentially are the ultimate end users of many of the systems that I am involved in, helping landlords procure and squeeze the ultimate from. Dozens over the years have contacted me after reading this blog.

Most residents I believe have a positive (or perhaps adequate more realistically) experience of the services provided by their landlords. Certainly though, there are problems out there, poor service, poorly supervised & controlled maintenance contractors, poor communication probably lying at the root of most issues. Restricted funding for truly affordable and social housing does not help either.

While a few people in the sector I know, may take the view that they are better blocking some of those voices, I would rather try to engage and understand. Maybe I can suggest something new or just learn by the insights of what is going wrong from the resident viewpoint.

These resident stories are the ideal threads to help me understand what’s missing in landlord systems and processes. Far better than a room of housing managers, imagining what processes should look like for poorly understood tenant needs. Actually that is a principle of the ‘Design Thinking’ methodology and  a great way to design better systems.

Occasionally, I am sure (& the old person has told me), I have been described by some as a ‘loud Manc’. Over the summer on Twitter I have followed and had a few exchanges with a chap called Phil Murphy (@MancCommunities), who probably has gained membership of that exclusive club too.

Phil is a specialist in fire safety, a socialhousing resident and active in bringing a historic Carnegie library back into use as an arts centre. As anyone who knows me well might predict, I arranged to meet up with him for a pint and a bite of lunch. It was one of the most interesting afternoons I have had all year.

Phil is working on a number of resident projects, many involving fire safety and how residents and landlords may identify issues easily. I am sure when some initiatives/events are arranged I will blog about them here, to help spread the word.

Its refreshing to see so many residents using free social media tools, seemingly many using them better than some landlord comms teams, still locked in the 9-5. Phil has now set up a new site, focusing on resident issues called ‘Real Voices’ https://realvoices.org.uk/ . Keeping with the DIY and free tools ethos, Phil has built it with a piece of open source software called Elgg ( https://elgg.org ). It was a new one to me, although Phil had successfully used it before on a previous project. It has potential for the users and group owners to have some control and use it to form their own networks around their own groups that they control.




I think the site & environment has massive potential, for residents to share problems and landlords to see service failings that can be tackled with better management, systems and procedures. Often residents do not know what channels they can use to have their issues addressed or in some cases have (or appear to have), exhausted those channels and can benefit from others experiences.

I would advise all residents and tenants who read this blog, to register on https://realvoices.org.uk/ and check it out. Comments here welcome on your experiences too. 

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Rage Against The Machine – Voice Of The VoicelessRage Against The Machine – Voice Of The Voiceless.
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Thursday, 20 September 2018

October Daze - #HousingDay – 10th Oct 2018

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As readers of this blog or followers perhaps on Twitter will know, I have been involved in previous years, taking part in hashtag #HousingDay. This year it will be Wednesday 10th October 2018.

I have worked within the Social Housing sector for over 20 years, even grew up in ‘Council Housing’, so I have an acute understanding of how low cost housing can change peoples lives. I believe wholeheartedly that it’s a definite ‘lift up’, not a hand-out. Lack of truly affordable housing (not ‘A’ffordable, which is 80% of a market rent, and pretty much out of reach for so many, particularly in many of our cities), is a massive issue.

The sector does much good, on so many levels. Like in any sector, sometimes it gets things wrong and I am of the view that a lot of what I can do, to help organisations with systems & processes, we can position and get in the right tools to enable continuous improvements, to take place. Many random tenants across the UK have contacted me for advice or guidance what to ask landlords for, or how to make their voice heard.

#HousingDay is one opportunity for those residents and all the organisations providing #socialhousing to make their voice heard.

In recent years, #Housingday has been organised by Ade Capon, who has done an excellent job. Ade has now left the sector, but this year passed the baton to Leslie Channon (who has been involved as tenant and now joined the sector with HACT). Together with journo Jon Land (many will recognise from 24dash / 24housing), I was pleased they asked me to help with blog set up and generally spreading the word.

We now have an emerging blog at https://housingday2018.wordpress.com/ where we will be featuring articles from the sector, as well as insights from residents, which I think is one of the most important elements. Without tenants and their experiences, we would not have a sector, more importantly, organisations would not have the feedback to improve, which is so vital.

Please look out for the #HousingDay hashtag and think what you will do to shout far and wide about Social Housing, what we do, how it feels to experience it and why we need much more of it, to provide enough housing of all tenures across England, Wales & Ireland.

Feel free to contact me, Leslie or Jon, with news, blogs and other material, we can add to the wordpress site, Twitter or other social media.   

If you are a housing organisation struggling with poor systems for delivering excellent customer service, feel free to get in touch too!


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Sunday, 19 August 2018

I’m Not Satisfied

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Spookily, in the last day or so, I got caught up in a Twitter thread, mainly involving residents, about satisfaction statistics.

Can they be believed, are they always fudged or massaged? If so, surely to the benefit of landlords and housing associations. That seemed to be the common belief, when from what I tend to come across in real life, introducing systems to collect such data, that is not generally the case.

We are in a world currently where we seem to be over-surveyed.

Every time I do a supermarket shop, the bottom of my till receipt urges me to go on line, tell us how we did and have a one-in-ten thousand chance of winning a £200 voucher, to do yet more shopping.

We all make choices via TripAdvisor don’t we?

On eBay and AirB&B, we rate each other. Sometimes its crucial, otherwise we have no accumulated trust or kudos and cannot easily make that sale or purchase. In many cases though, it’s not mandatory and we see no value in it, except maybe to complain.

In socialhousing, its mandatory or accepted that landlords should make attempts to collect satisfaction feedback, but not actually for residents to engage and provide it. This can be improved where reward schemes are in use, but the first step I find with certain landlords, is understanding the benefits of seeing decent quantities of satisfaction and dissatisfaction feedback. Certain landlords, such as HomesInSedgemoor, have shaped the whole repairs service around a lot of that feedback. They now mainly do as many repairs as practical, same day, at no increased cost.

So, why do residents think that the exercise does not take place, or the published figures (and they should be in annual reports or the like), do not seem to reflect reality?

Firstly, some thoughts on how satisfaction should be collected, is needed. The residents opinion, not the contractors is needed. Contractors should not be allowed or encouraged to ‘mark their own homework’. Pushing a reply paid satisfaction card through, or dropping one off, after the work is a fairly passive & expensive way of soliciting feedback. These days if the resident self-serves online, they could receive an email straight after the job completion is updated, with a direct link to a survey for that job. There it can be simply rated & a complaint or a complement raised.

For non-self servers, a scheduled automatic text or call, just requiring a simple key press (for satisfied or not), cheaply can do the job.

For landlords, reducing reliance on manual procedures, Excel spreadsheets, or five bar gates & the like, and integrating satisfaction to real tasks (repair and others), logged in an integrated system is key. This allows reports to be drawn right out of the system, providing a single version of the truth, (no sugar, butter & milk, those ingredients of fudge required). There are plenty of systems I see and help RSLs choose & implement, well capable of this.

Often landlords waste so much time chasing & collating satisfaction figures, they never have opportunity or resource to examine for insights. With ICT systems doing the easy legwork, the insights can be garnered in conjunction with residents, to better understand and improve service. I sometimes laugh when the odd landlord says there is no budget to spend on that. The sad truth is that if service (repairs or otherwise) is improved, it saves money, as we get it right, first time around. That can only lead to higher satisfaction, so a virtuous circle, as they say!

If you are grappling with poor systems for collating satisfaction data, feel free to get in touch!

If you are considering self-service, see you in October, at a new special conference

Related Post: Your software suppliers may be more charitable, than you think! 


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