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Changing minds, Part One: Changing others’ minds

May 24, 2017


We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting and you’ve put forth an idea or a suggestion. You’ve done your research. You know your stuff. And yet, someone still objects. They don’t like your idea and have a different approach. …

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New approaches to controlling infections

May 17, 2017


Drug resistant bacteria are a consistent concern in hospitals and healthcare facilities. No matter how well your cleaning crew cleans, there are still going to be bacteria and spores left behind. Studies show that less than half of surfaces are …

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Service at the touch of a button

April 26, 2017


Facility services provider ISS Sweden recently won an award for an innovative and incredibly simple concept. The company installed a button called “Presto” on their coffeemakers. If a coffee machine needs service, the customer can simply press this button to …

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Get a free health and safety consultation from OSHA

March 29, 2017


Last year OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Program helped more than 27,000 employers create safer workplaces. This consultation is available to small and medium-sized businesses in every state, and it helps employers find out about potential hazards at their workplace, improve …

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Fitwel, the new GSA program

March 22, 2017


We have already discussed the WELL building standard, which aims to improve the physical health, mental health, and productivity of employees by encouraging healthy lifestyles and reducing occupant exposure to harmful pollutants. This month, we will discuss the General Services …

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Decision-Making, Part 2: How to Make Better Decisions

March 8, 2017


Last month we explored how to avoid decision fatigue, which can lead to bad decision-making. But even if you are rested, fed and armed with the right data, making good decisions can be tough. In a recent survey, 60% of …

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Facility Security, Part Five: The Key to Creating Secure Passwords

January 25, 2017


Cybercrime is getting worse every year. One estimate claims that its impact on the world economy is as high as $15 trillion. In other articles, we’ve covered several forms of cybercrime, including ransomware, phishing, visual hacking, as well as threats …

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Facility Security, Part Three: Ransomware

November 9, 2016


  Last month we looked at how to avoid falling victim to phishing scams. This month we take a look at ransomware. Ransomware attacks have been on the rise, especially in the healthcare sector. One study shows there are now …

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Sound masking for facility managers

October 26, 2016


Keeping your facility a comfortable environment for your employees can be challenging. One has to consider factors like temperature, lighting, furniture, and layout. Today’s facilities tend to be more open, which can be very conducive to more productivity, but that …

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