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The Six Factors that make Workplace Communication a Breeze!

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Communication within the workplace can be a hassle if you don’t find ways to both streamline it and make it engaging as well.

 

With more people contracting in and out and working from home or other off-site locations, workplace efficiency may suffer from a lack of coherence and community. Fortunately, as much as mobile technology has made it easier to work with people you may never see, it also makes it easier to have some sort of human contact with them.

 

As with all communications, the keys to effective workplace interactions are elements such as clarity, directness, respect, openness, honesty, and appropriateness. While it may be tempting to hide behind screens and cubicle walls, the technological advances in workplace communication make it just as easy to be forthright and forward thinking.

 

In terms of actual practices that support workplace communication, the following are quickly rising to the top of the list: Read more

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The Five Best Benefits of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Real Estate

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Augmented and Virtual Reality have gained massive interest in the eyes of the tech community and beyond, because of their broad applications. These technologies are ready to (greatly) benefit real estate.

 

You are standing in the foyer of your dream home. Above you, the cathedral ceiling offers a dazzling crystal chandelier like those in the Disney princess films. As your eye drifts over to the left side of the grand staircase, your model wife comes floating towards you in a dazzling designer gown. A beep of the horn alerts you to the arrival of your chauffeur-driven Italian sports car and you turn to see the halogen headlights seep over your Koi ponds and manicured lawn, complete with topiary depicting the pivotal battle scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

 

Suddenly, you hear a distant ringing and the room and all in it goes black.

It is your mother-in-law calling.

The fantasy is over.

 

This is now the norm for many on the house hunt, as advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become standard issue for those in real estate (RE). Whereas VR involves allows you to see and even navigate a space that may not exist, AR places that space into a space that does, potentially imposing what could be over what is.

 

For the consumer, the main advantage is that, instead of just flipping through Architectural Digest or scrolling through Hauzz, looking for that table or paint color that will make your home the envy of all your other social-climbing friends, you can now see yourself in the house and see everything in it, making changes in real time before you ever set foot in a real open house. Read more

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Bridging the Generational Gap in EHS

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Younger employees want more than just basic safety precautions.

 

There was a time when environmental health and safety (EHS) was intended to protect people in the workplace and elsewhere from egregious hazards and to comply with an ever-growing list of laws and guidelines, many of which were developed and championed by such entities as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From sawdust in the supermarket to handles by the toilets, EHS-related offerings took care of every possible incident and accident before they occurred.

 

Or so we thought. Read more

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Why The Human-Embedded IoT is the Future of Facility Management

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The IoT is a powerful industry that will (and currently) advance tech into a new era. An even more advanced IoT will be the future of Facility Management.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is drastically changing how people consume goods and services. One tap of a finger on their smartphone and people can get a ride, order a bite to eat, purchase tickets to a sporting event, schedule a meeting, and post on social media within minutes. Consumer-facing apps like Waze, Grubhub, and Uber have exploded into the lives of Americans because of the easy-to-use, intuitive features. They are the paragon of the ever-expanding self-service economy, where internet apps produce instantaneous fulfillment for the end-user.

 

As with all things however, the current IoT is lacking a highly critical piece of data to leverage on: people. The infinitely unique preferences of people offer powerful points of feedback that should be in the hands of decision makers, and has a variety of applications. One of these applications that could benefit highly from this human-embedded IoT is facility management. Read more

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SaaS: Why it’s time to throw out the Kitchen Sink

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SaaS should be a competitive advantage for your organization that can drive productivity, lower costs, improve transparency, and increase workplace contentment. So why is it right for you?

 

Our COO and Head of Sales Kevin Loos wants you to ditch the archaic legacy system and join the SaaS movement. He explains in his post below why it’s time “to throw out the kitchen sink!” Read more

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Internal Advocates: Why they’re the Future of Tech

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Internal Advocates: a company’s best customers, the ones that tell all their friends to use your product are the future of business. Here’s why:

People need some necessity, or incentivization to buy and consume products. If a service or item doesn’t address a need, then it needs to provide a delight experience of some sort. If a company masters the process, then they will reap a great reward: internal advocates. These are customers that tell all of their friends and family to use your product/service on their own accord. These are the customers that will change enterprise in the tech world for a myriad of reasons:

You can share from anywhere — How easy is it for someone to send you a video on social media? Or give you a restaurant recommendation through an “instant enterprise” app, like Yelp or FourSquare? Contemporary society has become one where content and services can be sent from person to person in seconds. In a world that is saturated with tech services, how will yours become “sharable?” Queue in the Internal Advocates. When you have a following or a group of people who love your product, you can imagine the outreach can be immense when combined with instantaneous sharing features. You have viral-like advertising, and you don’t have to pay a cent to do it.

Customers become “hobbyists” —

Waze is the paragon example of building a strong community of internal advocates. They have thousands of volunteers that update their maps, giving their platform extremely powerful data. That is because these people love the features of the tech, and can do things to make it even better. Waze gets production from people who aren’t even on the payroll. This applies to Reddit as well: you have users that monitor, organize, and evaluate sub-communities on their platform because they truly enjoy the information sharing capabilities of the Reddit platform. These people are also paid $0.00, as the user moderators, or “mods,” volunteer.

The most powerful mutually beneficial relationships —

Ultimately, internal advocates build an extremely positive relationship with the technology/companies they are using. Since they trust you to give them an intuitive tool or service, they provide legitimate feedback on how to advance your services and advance your business as a whole.

A company’s customers become data points and don’t have to second-guess what works, and what needs to be built, as mysteries about product usage vanish. A system of interaction is created,where you have all the information needed to provide an awesome service and your customers have their needs met to the point where you’re recommended by them constantly.

You need a fanbase to become a rockstar. Time to build a following.

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Three Reasons why you should consider Clean Energy

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Clean energy has grown exponentially in the last decade and a half, maybe it’s time to consider new ways to power your buildings.

 

In recent years, clean energy/renewable energy has made large strides in market growth, consumption, and implementation in how people power their buildings. If you’re a property manager, here are three reasons why you should think about using clean energy in the future. It’s not a decision that has to be made today, but it is one that should be considered.

 

Here are some simple, but worthwhile reasons, why it’s time to start thinking about renewable energy:

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Boston 2016: A Great Bet for Building a Business

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Boston has always been noted as a wonderful place for innovative businesses, now see why that will be the case in 2016.

 

(CAUTION: OPEN LOVE LETTER TO OUR CITY AHEAD)

 

When we founded CrowdComfort, we knew the city we chose would become an integral portion of our identity, as well as a hotbed of influence for the organizations we’d work with during early expansion. To this effect, Boston became an inevitable choice for a few reasons: Read more

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Startup Talk: The Top Six Reasons Why Several Fail

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Currently, we live in an American entrepreneurial age, where innovation and big ideas can produce big rewards. However, a startup has a 10% at surviving; here’s why —

 

Startup culture is incredibly tantalizing to entrepreneurial, adventurous, explorative, daring, creative, and innovative minded-people in America and beyond. The idea of building a concept, selling that concept, and of this from the ground-up is as close to the American dream as many will be nowadays. While several startups have had tremendous success and profitability, only 1 in 10 will succeed. A startup’s success is determined by several, very different factors that are the difference between a startup’s success and failure. 

 

Here are the top six reasons why startups fail:  Read more

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Facility Manager Notebook: Your ROI Cheat Sheet

Your ROI cheat sheet!

 

Maintaining the buildings people work in and occupy can be costly, so here’s how to maximize your ROIs

 If you’re an energy manager, a facility manager, or a professional somewhere in-between, you will be asked to make sure the services you sign up for carry some sort of Return on Investment, or “ROI.” This can be a tedious, number-crunching task where you can lose track of the big picture: getting as much savings as possible. We’ve outlined some tips and tricks that will get you the best possible ROI: 

 

  • Thinking Small may have a Big Payoff — 

According to several experts in this piece by facilitiesnet, “Everyone is looking for a large payout.” They argue against this idea that you have to have a single big ROI within operating costs. Try looking for several smaller ROI opportunities to fully maximize how much you spend on energy and utilities. By finding several small applicable return on investments,  you can “snowball” these savings into a very large cutback on operational costs. 

 

  • Use a calculator that uses relies on relevant data — 

ROI calculators are running rampant on the internet lately. Some don’t even utilize current figures and numbers when going through their calculations. Our calculator is backed with IFMA, along with several others out there.  With a little fact-checking, you can determine if a software, system, or product will actually produce the ROI it promises. Some common sense and gut feeling can be the difference between a good investment and a bad investment. 

 

  • Maximize the physical space, go smart — 

Smart buildings provide huge return on investments. Their ability to recognize energy expenditure provides millions in savings. However, not every company and organization can afford to move to a state-of-the-art facility. Smart buildings are more than just tech-infused super structures. Find simple ways to let natural light occupy your spaces; the types of windows and building materials affect temperature and comfort levels immensely. Some as simple as changing the layout of an office can go a long way in maximizing the utilities you already have. Think “smarter, not bigger” when it comes to finding ROIs.

 

  • Train your occupants on how your buildings work — 

Simply educating the people that use your buildings comes a long way in saving on operating costs. One person may adjust a thermostat or setting panel that controls HVAC units in other spaces within the building. Another person then “combats” that with their own adjustment. A proper overview of the building functions (within limit of occupant control), provides another simple, easy way to build ROI. 

 

What other tricks have you found that offer a way to capitalize on an ROI opportunity?