Compassion Can Be Taught!

Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley recently organised a workshop for Business students from Stratford College London under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the College’s Employer Engagement programme. Home Instead is committed to change the face of care industry in the UK and in order to achieve this, we need to work at the grass route and a starting point would be to educating our youths on how to be compassionate and caring. Our generation is so lucky to have witnessed the 21st century’s technology breakthroughs, which is advancing even more each day. Technology is already affecting the economy, politics and medicines; it is even influencing our culture. However, the technology does not always has positive impact in society; we are losing our social skills, the emotions and hence this is making us more robotic and compassion in robots is yet to be invented. It appears that our children are being brought up in the drive-through and wall-street culture and being compassionate is not a part of that.

Home Instead Senior Care Greenwich & Bexley welcomed seven students from the College at the Greenwich office and provided insight knowledge on how to start-up a mission-driven small business such as Home Instead, whose mission is to change the face of ageing in the UK. We highlighted why they should choose their career in social care sector; it is fulfilling and extremely rewarding.

Home Instead is a number 1 homecare provider in the UK that has won The Queens Awards for Enterprise Innovation in 2016 and also, most recently won Best Employer in Care Award 2016/17. Our belief echoes with Richard Branson’s employee-centric management strategy and that is, “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If your take care of your employees, they will take care of their clients.” – this may sound counter to decades-old business wisdom, but it has worked so well for us. We achieve our employee-centric approach to management by:

1. Recognising our CAREGivers self-esteem needs, appreciating their value and worth
2. Validating their values
3. Identifying their professional needs
4. Identifying their monetary needs
5. Recognising their social needs – sense of belongings, social interaction, and reassurance of shared experience

Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley is very keen to work with academic institutions similar to Stratford College, London in the local area, whereby young children and youths could be educated on value-based education, which includes being caring and compassionate towards older people. Director of Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley, Fatta Thapa says, “We often write-off older people too soon, too early, they're old age, does not mean they can’t have fun? We at Home Instead endeavour to bring joy back to older people’s lives by supporting them to remain independently in their own homes for as long as possible.”