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1. Tips for daytime bathroom cleaning

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 04, 2015

Some building service contractors are switching to cleaning bathrooms during the day. Jason Lee of Harvard Maintenance recommends starting the day with deep cleaning and regular spot cleaning throughout the day. CleanLink (05/21)


2. Former banker finds success in cleaning company

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 11, 2015

Mike O'Donnell left the banking industry to start a building maintenance and janitorial firm in Tempe, Ariz. City Wide of Phoenix has contracts with more than 100 properties and is expected to generate as much as $3 million in revenue by 2016. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (06/06)


3. How to find the best job candidates

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 11, 2015

Building service contractors can face difficulty recruiting and retaining reliable employees. Several managers share insights for building the best team. "Take your time with the process," says Sean Devaney, director of maintenance, mechanical and electrical systems at Broward College in Davie, Fla. "If I am not comfortable with the pool of candidates, then I extend the search until such time as the applicant pool improves." Facilities Maintenance Decisions magazine (06/2015)


4. Custodians start deep-cleaning process after school lets out

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 04, 2015

The end of the school year at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., means the beginning of deep cleaning under the guidance of custodial supervisor Alan Beeler, who has created a system of checklists and schedules to ensure quality results. "My philosophy has always been to be the best at what I'm doing. ... My staff has gotten into this system, and that's really why Hickman stays so clean," he said. The Missourian (Washington, Mo.) (05/27)


5. How BSCs can cut down on water usage

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 18, 2015

California's drought is forcing building service contractors to adopt water-saving practices, including cutting back on the use of hoses and pressure washers, changing carpet cleaning methods and keeping tabs on water use. Cleaning & Maintenance Management online (06/10)


6. Fla. school board to replace custodial provider

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 11, 2015

The Volusia County School Board in Florida voted to terminate a five-year contract with Aramark and sign with GCA Services. The county, pending a final vote, will pay GCA $11.4 million annually for the next three years. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (06/09)


7. Chicago could be forced to rehire janitors

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 18, 2015

Chicago Public Schools teachers have filed a union grievance over $340 million in cleaning contracts with Aramark and SodexoMagic. If the teachers are successful, the school district may have to rehire janitors who were let go in favor of the private companies. Chicago Reader (06/03)


8. Rule change could bring overtime pay to millions of workers

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 11, 2015

The Labor Department is expected to propose raising the overtime threshold for American workers from $23,660 to as much as $52,000, effectively doubling eligibility for time-and-a-half overtime pay. Politico (06/08)


9. How to create an effective pricing strategy

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 04, 2015

Cleaning & Maintenance Management online (06/01)


10. Prevent turnover and retain valued employees

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jun 04, 2015

High turnover is a common challenge in commercial cleaning businesses and can lead to inconsistent cleaning practices and a diminished reputation with clients. Prevent employees from jumping ship by looking out for warning signs, such as customer complaints, checking in with teams regularly and offering recognition-based awards to boost employee morale, according to this article. Cleaning & Maintenance Management online (06/02)




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