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Time Management, Part One: The Pomodoro Technique

September 12, 2018


This is part one in an ongoing series about time management.   We’ve all had days where we felt we didn’t accomplish as much as we should have. Here’s one proven method for getting more done. It’s called the Pomodoro …

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On management: Be the last one to speak

May 9, 2018


A facility manager’s job is about more than just managing a facility—it’s also about managing your employees as a leader. Author Simon Sinek recently gave an inspiring talk about how to solicit the best ideas, and the concept is simple: …

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Curb your cell phone use

March 23, 2018


Cell phones are incredibly useful for a whole host of reasons. Most people could not imagine working or even getting through a typical day without them, but there’s a dark side to this tech. There are, as Tristan Harris said …

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Productivity, Part Two: Employee Empowerment

August 23, 2017


Last month we looked at how employee satisfaction can lead to increased productivity. This month we look at the importance of the power of choice.   Numerous studies show that empowering your employees can lead to higher productivity, so let’s …

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Better questions to ask a job candidate

July 19, 2017


Job interviews can be truly enlightening for an employer—if they’re done right. Too often, employers find themselves asking the same old tired questions (“what’s your greatest weakness?”), leading to the same old tired answers (“if anything I work too hard”), …

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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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Decision-Making, Part One: How to Avoid Fatigue

February 1, 2017


As a facilities manager you are constantly faced with making decisions—some big, some small. These decisions take their toll throughout the day. Researchers have a term for it: decision fatigue. Studies have shown that the mind has a finite amount …

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The aging workforce

December 14, 2016


It’s been called the Silver Tsunami. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2024 nearly one-fourth of the labor force will be 55 or older. Compare this to 1994, when employees 55 and older represented only 11.9% of the …

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