Non-job of the week

April 04, 2012 6:04 PM

Lambeth Borough Council is looking for a Customer Experience Improvement Officer in Parking Services. According to the job advert, the successful applicant
"will maximise customer engagement; undertake all aspects of quality assurance to ensure our services meet the needs of our customers; proactively engage with all service users and stakeholders to critically assess the service; and resolve complaints and service issues ensuring effective outcomes are achieved. In addition you will work with our Service Development Managers to identify development opportunities across the business to improve the overall customer experience."

If they are looking for a complaints officer, why don't they just say that? Otherwise isn't parking all about people finding somewhere safe to leave their cars, paying a fee either before or after they have used the space, and getting on with the rest of the day? 

Test Valley Borough Council wants to recruit a Recycling Development Officer for a fixed term of 12 months. Here is part of the job advert:
The successful candidate will be part of a team to promote recycling and waste minimisation within households, including the use of bring bank sites, through educational activities via schools, parish Councils and Community events. A knowledge of waste or cleansing services and of the Test Valley area would be an advantage but not essential.

It seems notwithstanding the fact councils already provide residents with information on what can and cannot be recycled (at least my council does) taxpayers have to also pay for someone to visit our children at school, speak at parish council and community events to tell us again how to recycle and minimise our waste.

The winner this week though is a trio of jobs from Horsham District Council. The council's wellbeing service  is 'part of a county-wide programme in West Sussex to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent ill-health in our local communities. The Horsham District 'Wellbeing Hub' provides information, advice and signposts local people to 'wellbeing services for help and support.'

Therefore the council is looking for a Healthy Weight Coordinator, a Physical Activity Coordinator, and a Workplace Health Coordinator. All are on fixed-term contracts until 31 March 2013.

It seems that we need to be told what a healthy weight is, and if necessary the Healthy Weight Coordinator will design and develop a family and adult weight management programme. If you shun that offer, then there is always the Physical Activity Coordinator whose purpose is to reduce the number of sedentary adults by 'identifying and signposting them to wellbeing activities across the District.' Big Brother really is watching you!

If you think you can avoid the council by going to work, you're wrong, as the Workplace Health Coordinator wants to meet your boss to encourage them 'to deliver and increase access to healthy lifestyle programmes to their staff e.g., NHS health checks, smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical exercise etc.'

No-one is saying we shouldn't lead healthy lives, but most of us have our vices. We know smoking is not good for our health. We know drinking too much alcohol is bad for us too. We know if we are overweight we could be storing up health problems for the future. We don't need the government or councils to chase us, and ram this message down our throats.Lambeth Borough Council is looking for a Customer Experience Improvement Officer in Parking Services. According to the job advert, the successful applicant
"will maximise customer engagement; undertake all aspects of quality assurance to ensure our services meet the needs of our customers; proactively engage with all service users and stakeholders to critically assess the service; and resolve complaints and service issues ensuring effective outcomes are achieved. In addition you will work with our Service Development Managers to identify development opportunities across the business to improve the overall customer experience."

If they are looking for a complaints officer, why don't they just say that? Otherwise isn't parking all about people finding somewhere safe to leave their cars, paying a fee either before or after they have used the space, and getting on with the rest of the day? 

Test Valley Borough Council wants to recruit a Recycling Development Officer for a fixed term of 12 months. Here is part of the job advert:
The successful candidate will be part of a team to promote recycling and waste minimisation within households, including the use of bring bank sites, through educational activities via schools, parish Councils and Community events. A knowledge of waste or cleansing services and of the Test Valley area would be an advantage but not essential.

It seems notwithstanding the fact councils already provide residents with information on what can and cannot be recycled (at least my council does) taxpayers have to also pay for someone to visit our children at school, speak at parish council and community events to tell us again how to recycle and minimise our waste.

The winner this week though is a trio of jobs from Horsham District Council. The council's wellbeing service  is 'part of a county-wide programme in West Sussex to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent ill-health in our local communities. The Horsham District 'Wellbeing Hub' provides information, advice and signposts local people to 'wellbeing services for help and support.'

Therefore the council is looking for a Healthy Weight Coordinator, a Physical Activity Coordinator, and a Workplace Health Coordinator. All are on fixed-term contracts until 31 March 2013.

It seems that we need to be told what a healthy weight is, and if necessary the Healthy Weight Coordinator will design and develop a family and adult weight management programme. If you shun that offer, then there is always the Physical Activity Coordinator whose purpose is to reduce the number of sedentary adults by 'identifying and signposting them to wellbeing activities across the District.' Big Brother really is watching you!

If you think you can avoid the council by going to work, you're wrong, as the Workplace Health Coordinator wants to meet your boss to encourage them 'to deliver and increase access to healthy lifestyle programmes to their staff e.g., NHS health checks, smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical exercise etc.'

No-one is saying we shouldn't lead healthy lives, but most of us have our vices. We know smoking is not good for our health. We know drinking too much alcohol is bad for us too. We know if we are overweight we could be storing up health problems for the future. We don't need the government or councils to chase us, and ram this message down our throats.

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