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Operational Costs: Where to Save

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Virtually every facility manager has been faced with a similar dilemma at some point in their career: how to cut costs without injecting discomfort or inconvenience to tenants’ lives. But, in order to cut costs, one must first understand the root of building expenses and where potential exists for change.

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“Tech to Expect:” Our Technology Predictions for 2016

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The past year has been a big one for tech. Rapid advancements in the world of technology spanned a number of different fields—from medicine, to space exploration, to consumer products like smartphones and tablets. As we look at 2016, there’s a great chance we’ll be seeing even more.

 

Here are our top predictions for “movers and shakers” in 2016: Read more

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The Human Sensor versus the Facility Manager

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We here at CrowdComfort talk a lot about the human sensor, or the general concept that people are the best evaluators of a facility’s working conditions. What about the evaluation of the people behind the buildings? The human sensor also acts as the exemplar evaluator of facility managers. In a previous post, we outlined how the facilities themselves can be “rated” through tools like Yelp and Foursquare. So, what attributes can the “human sensor” evaluate on the building managers themselves?

 

If you need a reference on the skills and qualifications, look no further than here, as the abilities of a facility manager are the backbone of how they can receive criticism from human sensors.

 

Let’s dive in then.

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Crowdsourcing: A Billion Dollar Juggernaut

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More and more, these days, we’re learning the true power of “the crowd.” Take Kickstarter, for instance, where more than 10 million people have raised in excess of $2.1 billion dollars while funding everything from drones to gourmet marshmallows. And, believe it or not, some are even projecting that crowdfunding will raise more money than venture capital in 2016. Read more

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Maintenance Mapping the Future of Building Architecture?

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The medical industry is currently in the midst of a dramatic reinvention, and it’s all due to an expanding field known as genomics. Here, scientists and doctors collaborate to review an individual’s genome (i.e. the entirety of their DNA) and identify risk factors based on that individual’s specific biological “code.”

 

Just like how a large volume of genomes, or “genetic data points,” is required to identify this risk factors, the same also can be said of buildings. In short: We can use a high volume of data points, like how doctors use genomes, in order to map several problems in the spaces we use.  Read more

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An Open Office requires some “Closed Doors”

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In a blog post published by IFMA earlier this year, author Brady Mick notes how open trends in today’s office design—while great for collaboration—may be costing businesses the big ideas they need to thrive:

 

“In the first decade of the 21st century the push for more collaborative workplaces gave rise to open space designs that remain in most businesses today. Yet, as the focus of work shifts to innovation, openness is taking a toll on the people at work…Today’s workers have lost their ability and their time to think while in the office; mitigating a migration out of assigned workspaces. As employees disengage, businesses suffer as well. In truth, regardless of the job, or industry, everyone needs time to process information, research and investigate.” Read more

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Healthy Workers for Healthier Productivity

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

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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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We raised $1.4 Million! Here’s a Recap

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Last week, the news came out that we raised over a million dollars in funding. The support we got from our friends was highly appreciated, as we have the following tweets, mentions, etc. to showcase the shoutouts we received! 

The reasons why we were able to hit this exciting milestone was highlighted during our initial coverage of the news. A million dollar idea has a lot of components, around a single and general concept. We appreciated all the support we have received, and are more than amped to continue to grow!  Read more

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The Current “CMS Culture”

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Last week, we talked about the attributes of a good CMS platform. We know that CMS has the potential to streamline content, and organize a company’s message in a variety of ways. A powerful tool, and great way to structure your voice, we need to ask ourselves this: how much is CMS worth? How much stock does it have in the eyes of other companies, and larger corporations. What personal and financial investments are we making in CMS systems? Let’s find out then.  Read more