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10 Questions with... Jade Collazo


Each month we ask a cleaning industry professional the Tomorrow’s Cleaning 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Jade Collazo, HR Director at Cleanology.


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WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Sales. I was based at one of those pop-up stands in a shopping centre, selling landline telephone contracts.


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CLEANING INDUSTRY? I began as a temp for reception and administration and


ended up being asked to stay on. I enjoyed working with Cleanology and the variety of the job so much that I’m still here 12 years later.


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WHICH THREE WORDS DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?


Determined, resourceful and open-minded.


IF YOU COULD VISIT ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHY?


Japan for its amazing architecture, beautiful scenery, rich culture and technological innovation. I’d start with Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa but there’s so much more to see and do there.


to establish what you do and don’t enjoy early on is a great foundation for moving towards the right career for you. even if you don’t enjoy it, the experience is invaluable.


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IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY TOMORROW, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR FORTUNE?


Something impractical and a little excessive like buy a castle in the countryside. Hopefully, my fortune will stretch that far.


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IF YOU COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY AND INVITE ANY PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY


BE AND WHY? Stan Lee because I’m a bit of a nerd, George Carlin for his humour and Meghan Markle for both her work with gender equality and of course, all the Royal gossip.


WHAT, DO YOU THINK, IS THE FUTURE OF THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


The cleaning industry will continue to adapt alongside changes in the current world, with environmentally safe products becoming more commonplace, further technological advances and innovations that increase efficiencies in cleaning. Social responsibility is also becoming ever more important and hopefully with a continued focus on sustainability and fairer pay for operatives.


Dave Wheadon, CEO of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, asks:


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HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE CLEANING INDUSTRY?


I’d love to see the Real Living Wage being the minimum standard for Cleaning Operatives. Cleaning is hard work and it’s not just the physical demand of the role but being able to interact with clients, adapt, multi-task and all whilst maintaining a positive and professional attitude. It’s more widely offered in the past few years, but the industry still has some way to go.


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IF AN INTERN WERE TO START TOMORROW, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?


Learn and try as much as you possibly can. It can take some people years to find job satisfaction, so being able


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WITH SO MANY OF US WORKING FROM HOME, DO YOU FEEL THAT OUR WORK/


LIFE BALANCE HAS IMPROVED, OR HAS IT BEEN COMPROMISED? I think it really depends on the individual and the culture of their workplace. For organisations without a positive workplace culture, it’s provided an opportunity for employers to further encroach on employee work/life balance and the divide between work and home can become very blurred. For others, it’s allowed even more flexibility, shorter days with no need to commute, or simple benefits like hobbies or personal chores on lunch breaks. Overall, I would say that the change has been a positive one with more employers discovering that they can indeed maintain high productivity alongside meaningful flexibility.


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Check out next month’s issue to see what Jade asked our next industry professional...


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