So here's the deal:
Every year, for a variety of reasons, we hire or promote Team Leaders, Operations Supervisors, Operations Managers
and even members of our corporate staff. If we're able to pick, do you think we'd rather hire someone fresh off the
street, who doesn't know us and we don't know them or, do you think we'd rather select someone who we know knows
our systems and understands "the Block by Block" way?
We'd much rather promote someone who we know and trust! Now this being said there are a still a number of reasons why
it's a good idea to hire from outside your own ranks periodically, such as the ability to tap into fresh ideas, someone who knows
the community, etc.
Before you start the engagement process with us about future opportunities there are a few things you should know about some common traits we
look for and expect in leaders at Block by Block:
You have to have good leadership skills. The best Cleaning or Safety Ambassador doesn't necessarily make a great Team Leader
or Manager. Part of having good leadership skills is also having good decision making skills – you know, being able to evaluate
all of the information at hand and determining how to handle someone or a situation. It's important to know what we've laid
out step-by-step on how to handle a lot of scenarios that our Team Leaders or Managers face and how to handle those, but still, you
must have good common sense and rationale decision making abilities.
You must have a sense of urgency and a 'can do' attitude. There's always a lot to do with every position at Block by Block. The best
leaders in our company make things happen. They find ways to get things done. They are resourceful. What they don't do is
continually find reasons why things can't be done and they don't continuously put things off until tomorrow. Block by Block was
built on people getting things done NOW.
Want to know the most efficient way to 'move up the ladder' with us? Be flexible! When you look at the shining stars in Block by
Block they're often the people that step up when we need them the most or when there is an opportunity. This might include:
Making themselves available – after 5pm the pedestrians in the places we serve are there by choice. These are people
we want to really impress. We need great people that want to work evenings and weekends.
Relocating or Commuting – based on the nature of our business many of the opportunities to advance might be in another
program in another city. Over time it's proven that our employees with the flexibility to relocate advance faster than
those without this ability.