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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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An ounce of pre-mortem is worth a pound of post

August 16, 2017


In a crisis, your brain doesn’t work properly. Your hippocampus, which is responsible for processing memories, hits the stress button and releases cortisol into your system. It then shuts down until there is enough of the chemical circulating in your …

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Daylighting can save you 33%

August 9, 2017


Daylighting is the practice of allowing a controlled amount of natural light into a building to reduce electric lighting costs. A daylighting system includes skylights and windows along with a daylight-responsive lighting control system. Such a system can reduce energy …

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Security, Part 11: Develop an IT recovery plan…or else

July 26, 2017


Here’s a crazy stat for you, courtesy of the Ponemon Institute: 90% of organizations that lose data due to a cyberattack wind up closing their doors in the following two years. We’ve spent a lot of time covering the various …

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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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Green Retrofitting, Part Two: Cool Metal Roofing

July 12, 2017


This is part two in an ongoing series that will explore ways in which facilities can affordably retrofit to recoup energy costs and help the environment. This month we are focusing on cool metal roofing.   Metal roofs have been …

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Green Retrofitting, Part One: Window Film

June 28, 2017


Get ready to have your mind blown. According to a study by the Electric Power Research Institute, energy-related expenditures costs companies $800 billion annually in the US. And what’s more, nearly 42% of heating and cooling energy is wasted. The …

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Augmented reality set to take BIM into the real world

June 21, 2017


Maintaining your electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems can be a real challenge, especially when many of these systems’ components are hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors or underground. Facility Managers often have to make do with 2D blueprints, which are difficult …