Grateful for learning curve
It was a huge step outside Phil Giles’ comfort zone when he applied for a position as a property manager at Watson Integrity. It was a very different background that Phil came from. He had been working in the family horticultural business with his father and brother for 15 years when things began to change.
‘‘It was hard to support three families from the one business, then dad became sick so I realised it was time to move on,’’ says Phil.
‘‘We sold the business but I continued working there. One day I realised I didn’t want to do that any more. Then I heard about the job at Watsons.’’
He began working for the company in July 2005. ‘‘When I started we had 360 properties that we were managing. We now have 660 so the business has almost doubled.’’
Phil believes the growth in the business is down to the innovative thinking that goes on at Watsons, particularly through Business Development Manager Greg Watson and Chief Executive Tanya Watson.
Initially it was technology that Phil had to get to grips with. ‘‘I had to get my head around the technology but I was very grateful for the chance to learn.’’
Phil says his role as a senior property manager can be challenging. ‘‘One thing I did learn early on was that if something is wrong, it’s not my fault, I’m just trying to fix it.’’
At the first property managers conference Phil attended he was given some words of wisdom. ‘‘I was told that if you can get through the first 18 months you should be ok. It takes that long to get comfortable with the job.’’
Phil says Ken, Tanya, Greg and Marcus are great people to work for. ‘‘Their doors are always open.’’