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Winterizing your Facility: The Starting Point

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For most of the country, the transition from fall to winter has actually been relatively mild this year—a great reprieve after last year’s “Polar Vortex.” But, if you think we’re out of the woods, think again: meteorologists are already dubbing the term “Gozilla El Nino” to describe the weather patterns ahead of us. You better step it up in your facility management so you can limit the damage that winter brings, especially after historic highs of snowfall in Boston, Chicago, and other northern areas of the country. 


With such rough conditions around the bend, it’s a great time to make sure that your building has been sufficiently “winterized.” Doing so not only improves the comfort of tenants, but can also prevent unnecessary wear and tear (thus limiting the scope of spring’s repairs). Read more

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Facility Management Holiday Gift List One: Cleaning Gadgets



It’s holiday season, and people are usually looking for clothing, jewelry, or some extravagant gizmo to gift to someone. For you, the immaculate, shining facility manager, you’re looking to upgrade your cleaning arsenal. Cleanliness and hygiene of facilities is a task that needs to be expertly handled, or else risk other problems that affect your buildings and tenants.



In the first of our series, here are a few tools and products from Karacher, 3M, and EcoLab that we have added to our master “Facility Management Gift List.” 

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Healthy Workers for Healthier Productivity



Last week, we discussed the ways in which employee illness is a maintainable, and preventative measure. The consequences of poor employee health are obvious; poor health leads to poor work, poor productivity, and poor worker morale. Check out the following numbers and key insights from the Willis Health and Productivity Survey Report: 


  • 93% believe that healthier employees are more productive, yet very few are measuring the impact of productivity on employees’ absenteeism (22%), FMLA (19%) and presenteeism (7%)
  • 64% provide employees with tools and resources to become better consumers
  • 61% identified employees’ health habits as the primary challenge in controlling health care costs.
  • Organizations are shifting costs and risks to employees and providing them with more incentives to improve their own health.

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Common Sense to Promote Community Health — at Work



In the immortal words of Eddard Stark, “winter is coming.” And—with it—a whole plethora of sick people tromping about the office, handing out germs as though they were speaking holiday cheer.


According to research by The Society for Human Research Management (SHRM), some 31% of polled employees reported coming to work “all of the time” while not feeling well—and another 35% reported coming “often.” In fact, only 5% of employees reported that they “never” came to work when feeling sick. Read more

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Relax those Eyes: “Light” and “Comfort” Collide!



A few years back, there was some heavy buzz about the “ergonomics” of office supplies and furniture—with a vast range of products released to address various needs (such as chairs, keyboards, and standing desks). To be brief, these items were designed to improve the relationship between workers and the devices they used all day in an effort to reduce strain—and injury—from repetitive motions or poor posture. Read more

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Can you “Hear” the Comfort?



Ease of communication is among the chief reasons we come together in a workplace. After all, modern companies are the sum of many moving parts, and it’s only by openly sharing information that any team’s success can be realized.


And yet, despite the need for fluid communications, the National Institute of Building Sciences notes that “acoustic comfort” is an often unrepresented aspect of office buildings: Read more

The “Invisible Office” is the “Comfy Office”



For better or worse, the buildings in which we work tend to be among the most important structures of our lives. Here, we’ll channel creativity, perseverance, and passion into our lives’ callings. And, here, we’ll make some of our closest friends, share many of our most memorable moments, and—quite likely—whittle away long, mundane hours. In many respects, you could argue that the office is as much our home as the places we return to every night. Read more

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Stagnant Feedback equals Stagnant Thought in Architecture



We have a tremendous admiration for architects—the men and women who literally design comfort, usefulness, and beauty into the buildings we use every day. Their form of creation is raw and tethered only to the constraints of materials, budgets, and their imagination. Good architecture can change everything about a business; bad architecture can do the same. Read more


Comfort is King, Comfort is Key… at work

Portrait of relaxed business woman in office. Relax and freedom concept


Let’s take a look at some numbers real fast:


  • A typical nine-to-five job contains 8 work hours per day
  • Assuming two weeks of paid leave (holidays, sick days, and vacation), there are roughly 50 work weeks per year


So, all said and done, an employee will spend approximately 2000 hours per year in their office—close to half of their waking lives. And, another good chunk of time will be spent simply traveling to and from their respective facilities. Read more