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Facility Management Holiday Gift List Two: Security Tools



In part two of our “Holiday Gift List” for Facility Managers, we’ll take a look at some of the security systems that could turn your building into a paradise, and make your the job for building professionals a whole lot easier.


You should treat yourself, as the holiday season is about you, as well as the property you manage. Let’s dive in.
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The Merits of Facility-Wide Communication Platforms

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We’re generally optimists…there’s a ton of exciting stuff going on in technology, and even more advancements on the horizon.


But, for as incredible of a world as we live in, facilities still face a number of threats (both internal and external). No matter how far we’ve come, we still need to prepare for events such as fires, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and (sadly) even armed intruders.


History has shown that risks like these are most effectively mitigated when:


  • Dangers are identified and understood well in advance
  • Contingency plans are in place (such as clearly marked exit paths, routinely practiced fire drills, etc.)
  • All affected personnel are aware of the issue at hand, thus allowing them to make informed decisions


Recently, we’ve been giving more thought to this last step, as communication is a powerful tool in improving welfare, and mitigating risk. Read more


Safety Speaks: Why Communication is Key for Safe Workspaces



While some might suggest that facility managers should be primarily “behind-the-scenes” (until something breaks), we couldn’t disagree more. In fact, our experience shows that the best facilities are often those which actively encourage dialogue between employees and facility managers. Beyond merely procuring comfortable working conditions, this communication is of paramount importance for maintaining a safe work environment. Read more

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




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

There’s Serious Substance in Strong Safety (Part 1)



There are few aspects more important for a workplace than safety. In fact, one might argue that it’s a foundational need for any building—the sort of thing that necessarily must come before other pursuits such as comfort and efficiency. Indeed, neither efficiency nor comfort are truly possible (or even meaningful) if a tenant’s personal safety cannot be guaranteed for a particular space. Read more


“Pipe Positives” for Colder Days








It happens: a leak, pipe burst, or something with the plumbing puts a wrench in your perfect building infrastructure. Why is that? Well, it could be that it’s getting cold out, and the pipes have frozen. This can cause cracking, permanent damage, and can evolve into greater building issues.

In the infographic below by Nationwide Insurance, over 30,000 insurance claims were filed for burst pipes, and on average, the cost was $10,000 per claim! Read more


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



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