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It’s time for a facility condition assessment

January 24, 2018


This is part one in a series on preventative maintenance.   Although you can never totally prevent all emergency repairs, a preventative maintenance program is a good way to head off most danger. The first step is to run a …

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The dangers of public WiFi

January 12, 2018


If you or your coworkers spend time traveling, you probably find yourself logging into a public WiFi network at some point — whether in a coffee shop, restaurant, hotel or airport. We’re not ones to unduly push the panic button; …

Categorized: Security

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Is it time to repair or replace your HVAC?

January 3, 2018


According to the EPA, HVAC systems make up approximately 38 percent of facilities’ energy use. Another statistic states replacing an HVAC system that is more than 10 years old can save a facility as much as 20 percent or more …

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How to deal with resistance to change

December 27, 2017


Some employees embrace change. They can see the potential for improvement in any plan, and they actively work toward implementation. However, every organization has a few individuals who resist change and voice their objection. As a manager, how do you …

Categorized: Facilities Management

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For Better Productivity, Go Green

December 20, 2017


This is part six in our ongoing series on increasing employee productivity. In a 2007 study published by Building Research and Information, 12 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) buildings (including courthouses, offices, etc.) determined that workers’ productivity is higher in …

Categorized: Buildings, Environmental

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How do you know if you’ve been hacked?

December 13, 2017


When you get hacked, it’s not like alarms go off with flashing lights and a PA announcement that we’ve gone to DEFCON 2. (Although, now that we think of it, that would be pretty great, because at least then you’d …

Categorized: Security

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How to Keep Your Workers Healthy This Winter

December 6, 2017


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), absenteeism costs employers an average of $225.8 billion each year. So it pays for facility managers (FMs) to be proactive in preventing the spread of illness in their facilities.   “Illnesses like …

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How Customizing the Workspace Boosts Productivity

November 29, 2017


This is part five in our continuing series on employee productivity.   More and more offices are moving to an open-workspace design, which can be great for team collaboration. These kinds of workspaces often include low-walled cubicles, shared workspaces, and …

A close-up on an abstract design of a display, which is warning about a cyber attack. Multiple rows of hexadecimal code are interrupted by red glowing warning text. Part of the display is reflected on a shiny surface. The image can represent a variety of threats in the digital world: data theft, data leak, security breach, intrusion, etc...

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Viruses

November 22, 2017


In the videogame called Plague Inc., a player tries to destroy all of humanity by creating a super pathogen. The secret to winning (spoiler alert) is to make your plague hyper infectious but with no obvious symptoms. The minute people …

Categorized: Security

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How to winterize your facility

November 15, 2017


As the line goes, “winter is coming”. Here’s how to get your facility ready for the challenges that winter can bring, including cold temperatures, ice, snow and winter storms. A little preparation can help you get through winter with as …