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October 25, 2012
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News and information for the building service contracting industry

  Industry Update 
  • How BSCs, janitors and Google built a community
    After contractors in Silicon Valley established training opportunities for janitors in a deal with unions, they turned to organizations such as Google to launch tutoring efforts. The program has opened doors for employees and brought all parties closer, Mike Cassidy writes. The Building Skills Partnership has about 2,000 annual participants. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How can BSCs adjust to new cart designs?
    Cleaning carts in the U.S. are shifting from one size fits all to a custom approach, and this requires a change in strategy by building service contractors, experts say. "I must encourage BSCs to consider a new cart specific to the task. The proper cart and tool has labor value that outweighs the spend factor," says Todd Carlson of Delamo Manufacturing. Contracting Profits magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Government Affairs 
  • A short guide to understanding the "fiscal cliff"
    The term "fiscal cliff" has worked its way into the national conversation in recent months, but what exactly does it mean? The fiscal cliff refers to a combination of tax increases and cuts in government spending that are scheduled to take place at the beginning of next year, Mike Periu explains. "Given the limited track record of bipartisan cooperation in recent times, the best we can hope for is a temporary delay in the implementation of new laws and a temporary extension to expiring laws to delay going over the fiscal cliff," he writes. OPEN Forum blogs (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Best Practices 
  • 3 tips for being a better boss
    Research suggests that many Americans would rather have a better boss than a raise, notes Ty Kiisel. You can improve your leadership skills by being polite and communicating respectfully with others, he writes. "Sometimes difficult decisions are required -- but that doesn't mean we can throw civility out the window," he writes. Forbes (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't wait for leaders to emerge -- develop them
    Good bosses ensure their company has a steady stream of up-and-coming leaders, writes Joel Garfinkle. Try offering mentoring to workers who get glowing reports from their bosses and peers, Garfinkle advises. "These are the rising stars who care enough to do their very best work. Many of them are aspiring leaders who will jump at the chance to be mentored by you," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why bosses should learn to love gray areas
    Leaders need to learn to be flexible and to stop seeing the world in absolutes, says Maria Mitchell, president of Amdec. Ideological purity, perfectionism and rigid, unbreakable rules aren't fair to workers and aren't effective as management principles, Mitchell explains. "I think I was too black-and-white ... early on, without taking into consideration a lot of the gray," she says. "I now think it's OK to manage within more of those gray areas." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  BSCAI News 
  • Spend less without compromising quality
    There’s a saying, “you get what you pay for” and in many instances this is true, but BSCAI members get so much more. BSCAI members can purchase the same trusted name-brand products, but at a discounted price. As a member of BSCAI, you receive the Purchase Advantage Program free with your membership! Learn more about the Purchase Advantage Program and start spending less without compromising quality. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Last week, last chance
    If you are planning to attend one of the two RBSM Workshops this December, make sure you register this week The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 31. BSCAI will hold two RBSM Workshops: one in Northern California, Dec. 3 to 5, and one in Southern California, Dec. 5 to 7. RBSM Workshops provide an instructor-led review for qualified individuals involved in custodial contracts looking to become certified. Because BSCAI is the nation's leader in custodial certification, these workshops offer great preparation for your exam. Join us in northern California Dec. 3 to 5 in San Jose or in southern California Dec. 5 to 7 in Santa Ana for a workshop to conclude your studies for the RBSM exam. Registration and details are available online. This is your last week to register -- don't wait. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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