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March 29, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • NYC bill could increase minimum salary for many BSCs
    A bill that could be voted on this week by the New York City Council would increase the number of building service workers who must be paid the city's "prevailing wage," which is set by the comptroller and often surpasses the standard minimum wage, according to this article. New York Post (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey reveals what facilities managers want from BSCs
    Facilities managers are looking to hire building services contractors that make efficient use of resources and understand the specific needs of their clients, indicates a Contracting Profits survey. The majority of facility managers said restrooms were their highest cleaning priority; other priorities included building entrances, lobbies and trash bins. Contracting Profits magazine (3/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • NLRB to encourage nonunion workers to air grievances
    The National Labor Relations Board will encourage workers at nonunionized companies to be involved in "protected concerted activity." This means workers can discuss the concerns they have about workplace conditions with their employer or with colleagues and take action when needed. The agency will provide information along with several case studies on its website. The Wall Street Journal (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • 14 ways to lead like Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological visionary -- he was also astonishingly good at disrupting leadership itself, writes Walter Isaacson. Jobs' strategic approach, like his approach to product development, was founded on a belief in "deep" simplicity and the need to understand processes intimately, then eliminate unnecessary clutter. "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do," Jobs told Isaacson. "That's true for companies, and it's true for products." Harvard Business Review (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Website design that won't cost an arm and a leg
    Hiring a firm to create a website for your company can be costly, but there are cheaper ways to go, Kathryn Hawkins writes. You could try to find a student to get the job done or you could outsource the project overseas. Also, think about using a crowdsourcing company or offering your business' services in exchange for help with website design, she suggests. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  BSCAI News 
  • Mixing Business with Pleasure
    BSCAI has brought back the attendee-favorite GAF Golf Outing for the 2012 BSCAI Executive Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz. The GAF Golf Outing will take place at the Talking Stick Golf Club in the heart of Scottsdale. Ranked No. 1 in the state by Golfweek, the golf course offers a serene, yet challenging, day of play. Mix business with pleasure by playing golf amidst breath-taking scenery while taking advantage of this opportunity to network with colleagues. For registration and details, visit the Things to Do section of the BSCAI Executive Seminar webpage. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Go from "Good" to "GREAT" with This Market Place Special
    Refresh and enhance your supervising skills with Dick Ollek’s two-DVD set, "How Good Supervisors Become GREAT Supervisors -- Part 1 & 2." BSCAI members are encouraged to take advantage of this Market Place special that includes both discs and a FREE bonus DVD, "Making Your Training More Effective," valued at $59. Ensure that your employees are managed effectively as "it is your responsibility to help them succeed." To learn more about this and other market place specials, visit the BSCAI Market Place. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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