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Facility Management Holiday Gift List One: Cleaning Gadgets

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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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“Smart Automation” builds Smart Management

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We have talked about the limits of automation in the world of facilities management in our last couple of posts about the topic. However, that doesn’t mean that automation doesn’t have a place in the world of facilities management. In fact, we believe that any automation, and similar technologies that utilize the internet of things, will improve the field of facilities management.

 

The case being that a symbiosis of tech and (human) touch will increase the overall improvement of facility managers’ work. Let’s dive in:  Read more

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“Automation” doesn’t equate to Automatic Safety

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It’s been over 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, but we still retell the legendary ship’s story with great regularity—both for interest in the vessel’s feats of engineering, and for the tragedy of its untimely demise. But, in recounting this story, it’s impossible to avoid mention of the ship’s perceived “unsinkability,” as well as how this egotism led to an inadequate number of lifeboats and subsequent loss of human life.

 

In fact, one might argue that the Titanic’s story survived specifically because of its value as a cautionary tale.

 

Today, facility managers are thrust into roles not so different from those of the Titanic’s crew; both must define risks for those under their care and prepare for them as best they can. As we look at this comparison, an obvious question arises: has our technology made us overconfident, and—as a result—underprepared? Are we, for instance, less likely to enact company-wide fire drills because modern smoke detectors are so accurate that forewarning of a problem should provide us with enough time to evacuate? Read more

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There’s Serious Substance in Strong Building Safety (Part 2)

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In a previous post, we outlined a four general ways in which personal safety can be compromised by both internal, external, and natural forces:

 

  1. Physical harm caused by the building and its utilities
  2. Disasters (natural and artificial), such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires
  3. Third-party crimes, such as theft, defacement of property, and assault
  4. Internal threats, such as coworker harassment

 

For each—even #4—strong facility management can play a key role in preventing dangerous outcomes and bolstering a sense of security for those utilizing any building. For instance: Read more

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How to “Go Pro” as a Facility Manager


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You’ve thought for quite a while on what you want to do to make a living. It’s a thinking process made by young people fresh out of school, or working professionals that want to broaden their horizons. You’re either sure, or interested in the field of facility management. Maybe you are already a working facility manager, but want to sharpen your skills as well? If you fall into any of the characteristics above, then you found a great guide to start, and build, your facilities management career. Read more

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Facility Managers are now.. Environmental Managers?

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We spend a lot of time discussing how facility managers can better serve the tenants of their buildings—and, for good reason, as doing so is their core responsibility. But, on an even larger scale, facility managers have tremendous opportunity to care for those well beyond their own walls, simply by serving as stewards of the environment.

 

Nonetheless, there’s been dramatic misconception over the years that environmentally conscious behavior is both expensive and inconvenient for companies to take on. As a result, we’d like to take a few minutes today to discuss these misconceptions, in order: Read more

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Praise or Hate it, Facilites can be Rated

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It seems that virtually everything in our lives has become rated. We select which restaurants to eat at based on customer reviews, we choose hotels by reading about guest experiences, and we purchase presents after hearing others describe usefulness and longevity of the object. A recent survey even revealed that some 90% of customer purchase decisions are influenced by online reviews!

 

In fairness, the reason it’s so hard to get away from ratings is that they’re incredibly useful (when applied well)—a quick, easy way of collectively understanding the pros and cons for any given decision. So, while designing our mobile-first facility management app, we wanted to make sure facility managers knew how those around them were perceiving different issues. To this effect, we designed a system that keeps reports available for all in a building to interact with, from the time they’re filed until a facility manager decides the issue has been resolved. Doing so has two big advantages: Read more

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Are you “Mobile First,” or “Mobile Worst?”

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Facility management has long been an inherently complex and challenging role—simply because of tenants’ disparate needs and the limited resources of any given building. As such, it’s no surprise that enterprises have been working to weave technology into the process for a long time. Interesting, however, is that—prior to CrowdComfort—none of these programs were actually built on “mobile first” technology.

 

For those without extensive tech backgrounds, “mobile first” applications are those which were designed specifically for optimal use on mobile platforms, such as cell phones and tablets. In a recent article, TechCrunch explains this category quite well: Read more

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Temperature Issues at Work: Let’s Solve them!

Temp and Product.Having a comfortable temperature is key for people to concentrate and be productive. Think of all the times in your life where you had to get up and adjust the thermostat, or put on another layer, so that your body temp was just right. Maintaining proper temperature conditions is qualitatively, and quantitatively proven to improve productivity in the office. Read more

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Location Matters: Let’s use Geotagging to Improve EHS Reporting

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Geotagging is the ability of internet connected individuals to mark their geographical position. This can be through social media, or their stock apps on a smartphone.  With the current “digital population” growing (over a billion users on Facebook alone,) the potential of geotagging grows exponentially. CrowdComfort’s tech utilizes geotagging and “geo-reporting” to ensure the most efficient data is brought to facilities and facility managers.

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