A FacilitiesNet survey revealed that the median amount of space per full-time equivalent custodian ranged from 15,000 square feet at health care facilities to 37,500 square feet at federal sites. The survey covered several types of facilities, and outsourcing was most common in commercial corporate offices and least common in K-12 schools.
Los Alamos Public Schools in New Mexico will open negotiations with custodial company SSC for a contract to provide nighttime cleaning services at the high school and middle school buildings. The contract, worth $447,000, could save the school district $65,000 in the first year.
The Injury Tracking Application, an electronic injury and illness reporting tool from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is set to go live on Dec. 15. However, there is still some concern about the process and whether proprietary information will be potentially published on the OSHA website, either of which could derail the start date.
Social shifts that have happened this year are affecting workplaces and are forcing managers to find new ways to build a healthy and supportive company culture, writes David Shanklin of CultureIQ. Shanklin offers three strategies to stabilize the work environment, including implementing wellness policies and encouraging employees to give honest feedback.
CEOs often struggle to let staff do the work they once did in the early days, but they must learn to think like "a coach, mentor and motivator," writes Ed Batista. They also need to delegate decision-making and be willing to hire people more talented than themselves.
When managers overexplain, they are missing opportunities to listen and work with a person as a teacher rather than talking at them, Scott Mabry writes. "[M]ore often than not they just need the what and why so that they can figure out the best how," he argues.
No matter the industry, being able to recognize the latest trends and pinpoint what lies ahead is crucial to success. Chase Carlson, president of Pioneer Building Services, shares his expert advice and insight into what BSCs should keep an eye on and tips for standing out in the marketplace. Read more.
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