Well then, let's pay Chief Execs 'jigger all’ then that'll make for a great recruitment drive and a certain standard of individual in charge and whilst we're at it -- let's get the government to withdraw grants for building -- that'll help with the housing crisis?
Some Chief Execs are worth more than others -- and that's perfectly in line with Government and Opposition thinking (and that of some of the media and individuals) that some are more 'deserving' than others.
But back to the point of the article --
220 housing associations averaging around 100 physical assaults a month over 13 quarters equates to an average of 1 per landlord every three years -- far too high a figure IMHO. Of course, there may be those housing associations whose staff never get attacked?
I remember the time when many council officials in housing were seen as 'little Hitlers' and following my experience with SOME council employees in the past year or so I can see why individuals may well attack (and quite wrongly too, I would point out) them through frustration and through bad treatment.
Personally, I have never felt the urge to physically attack or to verbally abuse a housing worker or indeed any public servant doing their job despite their perceived horrendous treatment of me on those very rare occasions when things go awry.
However, I do launch attacks on here on government ministers, opposition politicians and those who appear to denigrate tenants in particular.
The is often a propensity on some IH threads to launch ‘attacks’ on individuals or groups of individuals which go beyond the ‘accepted’ norm or “fair comment” and then IH acts as ‘umpire’ and may remove comments or even email the individuals concerned.
I mention this because one person’s comment may be another’s harassment -- and the same ‘logic’ could be applied in the workplace. I note that thee is no mention of housing workers attacking tenants and I feel that is because there is a workforce out there who are dedicated professionals who would not dream of abusing any authority/power (real or imaginary) over others they may have.
Tenants, in my experience, can often get hold of the wrong end of the stick (mind you, a stick shouldn’t be taken to tenants in the first place) and that can lead to situations getting out of control -- that said, there is in the vast majority of cases, no need for tenants to become aggressive in any case.
IMHO and based on personal knowledge and 31 years of experience ’in the business’ I find that the vast majority of housing workers are sensitive and hard working people who do not start their day or progress their day with thoughts of how they are going to make tenants’ lives a misery.
I expect that not everyone will have the same experiences of/in social housing as I have/had -- the fact remains, that physical attacks on staff are unacceptable as are abuses of staff.
One person’s banter can be another person’s abuse -- even here on IH threads.