To map the experiences of employees in times of corona, the Gooi and Vechtstreek region has created a series of podcasts in which their stories are central. The same goes for WMO driver Geert de Graaf. “It is such a beautiful profession, about which so little is known,” says Marco van der Spek-Stikkelorum, consultant on complex issues and taxi driver at the region. He hopes the podcast will change this.
What do people experience in their work in general? And in corona time in particular? What is coming at them and what should they do and not do? These kinds of questions are answered in a series of seven audio stories from the Gooi and Vechtstreek region. Each time a different profession is in the spotlight: from an ambulance nurse to an employee of the waste separation station.
The profession of the social welfare driver is also highlighted. The Gooi and Vecht region is the first municipal organization in the Netherlands v since perform this transport yourself, not for profit. Communication strategist Marije Mansfeld accompanied De Graaf’s taxi, who has been working in social welfare transport for eleven years now.
The podcast is intended for residents of the region and colleagues who work for the regional organization, so that they better understand each other’s profession. “This means of communication was chosen because the stories lend themselves well to listening. They are timeless stories that stand for resilience, courage, innovation and hope. We are proud of the people who have shared their story with us, because that’s where it all starts.”
Appreciation for the driver A passenger tells in the podcast what makes the taxi so important to her, and expresses appreciation for the driver. “This is something that should be done more often,” says Van der Spek-Stikkelorum. “First I was only a consultant in the field of purchasing with regard to the social domain and then I also became a taxi driver. I wanted to see what the work really entails in order to know which improvements need to be made to further improve transport.”
According to Van der Spek-Stikkelorum, the taxi driver’s work is carried out in several respected less than desired, because it is valuable. He therefore argues for a higher rating and hopes that the podcast can contribute to this. “People know little about the profession and there is often an unjustified negative image of drivers. However, I dare to say that most drivers are committed social people, with a big social heart and a lot of love for the work.”
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