Tag: HR

The Value of Skilled Trade Certifications: A Pathway to Career Advancement and Safety

Certifications have become a cornerstone in the professional development of skilled trade workers, particularly in the fire, electrical, and life safety realms. Certification programs are designed to be comprehensive, promoting competency and safety in various specialized domains. In today’s competitive job market, the value of certifications extends far beyond a mere acknowledgment of skills; it […]

The Future of Open Floor Plans: Achieving Flexibility Without Employee Backlash

Cubicles and closed-off spaces in workplaces are outdated. Today, many businesses prefer open floor plans over private work zones. While open spaces are great for collaboration, they also have some drawbacks. How can you enhance the flexibility of open floor plans, boost employee well-being, and mitigate the drawbacks? Here are some ideas to consider. The […]

Companies Prioritize Shared Office Space in the Age of Hybrid Work

In 2023, 90% of companies offered some level of hybrid work, according to a new survey from CBRE. The adoption of hybrid work is driving companies to lease less space and redesign their offices to be more effective for employees, with space changes varying by industry. The annual survey reflects workplace and occupancy insights from 66 […]

Poor Indoor Air Quality Could Impact Worker Creativity: Study

Air quality in the office may affect our level of creativity at work, according to scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). Working with global air filter manufacturer Camfil on a shared research project, the NTU scientists found in a study that high levels of volatile organic compounds—gases released from products such as detergents, pesticides, perfumes, aerosol […]

Columbia University Earns Highest Fitwel Certification for New Building

Columbia University announced that it has achieved Fitwel certification for 600 W. 125th Street, its new 34-story building to house graduate students and faculty members on the southwest corner of 125th Street and Broadway in New York City. The building earned three stars—Fitwel’s highest standard—in Fitwel Version 2.1 Multifamily rating for its design, construction, and sustainability principles as well as its commitment to resident health and well-being. The […]

How to Create Smarter Workplaces with Shrinking Office Footprints in 2024

Gallup measures employee engagement by surveying samples of the working population on various workplace issues, like profitability, productivity, customer service, and retention, linked to business outcomes. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 32% of U.S. employees overall were engaged in 2022. With the influx of new generations of professionals with different working styles, smart […]

Creating a Better Workplace Amid a New Normal for Office Attendance

Hybrid work continues to grow among global employers. As more companies announce new office attendance mandates, and most workers are back in the office globally, leaders must now consider how to meet new expectations around work and where it’s done. That’s according to a new report from JLL titled “Is hybrid really working? Creating a […]

Biden Admin Offers Resources to Combat Antisemitism and Islamophobia at Schools

The Biden administration has announced new actions and resources to address the “alarming rise” of reported Antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents at schools and on college campuses since the October 7th Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel. These actions aim to help protect students, engage school and university leaders, and foster safe and supportive learning environments. President Joe […]

Report Reveals Ongoing Burnout Among Cleaning Professionals

CloroxPro has released its 2023 Clean Index report, which reflects the current challenges and perceptions of more than 1,700 cleaning professionals and consumers and reveals key shifts in year-over-year industry trends. The report uncovers staff burnout, declining confidence, and a gap between interest in green cleaning and adoption. The survey defined cleaning industry professionals as business […]

How to Develop a Customer Service Culture in Your Facilities Management Company

What makes quality customer service so important? Let’s find the answer in the numbers: 94% of customers will want to make another purchase if they enjoy a good customer service experience; 60% of business leaders say there is a strong link between high-quality customer service and improved customer retention; and 88% of customers feel the […]