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February 21, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Column: Consumers demand green-cleaning options
    Consumers are warming to the use of green cleaning products, which have improved in quality and perception over the years, writes Stephanie Kisch of OctoClean, a California-based janitorial company. Nowadays, consumers want to be assured that companies use safe cleaning agents, she argues. "If you aren't able to do this, some of your customers will undoubtedly switch to a company that can," she writes. Services magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Four Strategies for Developing Leaders
Learn how organizations can prioritize talent development, from retired brigadier general Bernard Banks, Associate Dean of Leadership Development at Kellogg School of Management. Learn more.
  Government Affairs 
  • States prepare to market health coverage to the uninsured
    States faced with the prospect of bringing millions of people into health insurance exchanges are developing strategies such as partnering with local celebrities and athletes to reach the 30 million uninsured Americans who soon will be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "We have to look at doing things a lot differently than what's been done in the past because this is a very unique audience, and we're marketing a product that's never been marketed before," said Michael Marchand of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Best Practices 
  • Smart bosses take the weekend off, says Interface CEO
    Leaders who find themselves chained to their desk over the weekend are doing something wrong, says Daniel T. Hendrix, president and CEO of Interface. Bosses who try to work nonstop and do everything themselves will burn out, and that isn't good for them or their company, Hendrix explains. "[Y]ou have to delegate, have to have accountability and have to make sure that people have the tools to do the job," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why you should try to keep talented workers from leaving
    Some employers see their workers as replaceable, but Amy Rees Anderson argues that this is not always true. The most talented workers are more important to a company's success than its technology or products, she writes. Replacing a great worker is costly and creates a gap in institutional knowledge, and the worker's departure could cause other employees and clients to wonder what went wrong. Forbes (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  BSCAI News 
  • A medical insurance plan designed for BSCAI members
    Offering stable, inexpensive, and sound medical insurance is a benefit every employee and business owner longs for, and through BSCAI's partnership with Northpointe Insurance, you now have access to that. BSCAI Affinity Partner Northpointe Insurance has designed a medical insurance plan specifically for BSCAI members. This plan provides added benefits, cost savings, and stability to your bottom line. Learn more online and get started. If you are not a BSCAI member, go online to learn more about joining BSCAI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's time to invest in your career
    BSCAI is the nation's leader in custodial certification and has developed a program that brings leadership, quality, and respect to the industry. The Registered Building Service Manager program certifies qualified individuals involved in custodial contracts with the RBSM certification; the symbol of excellence for BSC personnel. Join us at one of our three-day RBSM Workshops this year. Registration and details will be available on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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