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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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Comfort is King, Comfort is Key… at work

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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

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“Social Management” in Facilities Management: The relevance of Social Media

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Social Media is a digital phenomenon that has come a long way since it was invented in college dorm rooms, and other places, far from the corporate structures that house them today. What started as a way to create social networks, has evolved into a multi-faceted beast: a tool for enterprise, networking, and connectivity, all on a mobile device.   The explosion of social media is still, well, an explosion. The numbers at the Pew Institute don’t lie:

 

  • Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005.
  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 23% of online adults use Twitter
  • 26% use Instagram
  • 28% use Pinterest
  • 28% use LinkedIn


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Smarter Working Conditions for Smarter Facility Managers

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Facility managers’ effectiveness has always been limited to things they hear and see around their buildings—whether first-hand, or through tenants’ reports. But, what about the things they can’t see?

 

In many cases, invisible issues ultimately end up becoming visible only once they develop into a full-scale problem (such as when a corroding pipe finally starts to leak on those below). And, while many problems are as simple as a mop and a repairman, others—such as faulty electrical systems—can potentially create life-threatening danger. Read more

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“See Something, Say Something:” Limit Safety Incidents with a Tap

 

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Workplace safety: it’s an issue that occurs, with varying degrees of hazards depending on your industry. Anyone who has ever worked in an office building knows the standard protocols; fire drills, where the exits are, and how to file incident reports are all part of the orientation process, and you usually put these in the back of your mind. So while a refresher course could do you some good,  why not learn about some of the statistics in workplace safety, and new “incident preventative” technologies that make safety issues few and far between.

 

Let’s look at some basic stats from The Bureau of Labor Statistics last report (2013): 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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Personalization is Everywhere, Including the Workplace

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With all the new ways to buy products digitally, and share the product experiences through various social channels, the “age of personalization” has arrived. All of the ways in which people of all ages (especially young people) customize their experiences is growing rapidly. It should be expected to spill into a wide field of aspects, such as facility management, and the way we create working environments. Read more

Emphasize Tech’s Strengths, Maximize the Human Touch with DGM

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When facility managers get the small stuff off their plate, great things can happen.

Facility management has become an increasingly complicated role over the years, as those charged with maintaining buildings are often spent juggling disparate preferences, large campuses, and a diverse body of internal systems. As such, resources for these departments are often stretched incredibly thin. By working to streamline the administrative portions of facility management, however, departments can quickly recover the most indispensable of all resources—human time.
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