One of the main reasons we hear from office managers of why they don’t have a tile maintenance program is that it costs too much. We can agree that tile maintenance costs can add up but by neglecting tile maintenance all together, the bill is just adding up for the future. And not to mention our floors look dirty and dull, which isn’t the best reflection on any business.
But if you haven’t planned properly for the expense of tile maintenance how do you even get started without overwhelming your budget? We have helped many businesses get started with tile maintenance programs even if they had not previously had money set aside in their business budget for this needed expense.
So today, we’ll dive into how to make starting a tile maintenance program affordable with some practical tips and suggestions. We’ll consider a few approaches that can decrease the sense of overwhelm with adding this new expense to your financial budget. It will also help you make the most of the money that you can spend now while increasing your maintenance budget for the future.
7 things for office and facility managers to do during that weird week between christmas and new years
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is well, kind of weird. The anticipation of Christmas is over but it’s still not back to business as normal as we approach New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many people are still on holiday vacation until after the first of the year, so our offices are lightly staffed and in general this is just a very slow week. It’s no wonder it’s so easy to lose track of time during this week.
If you are not among the people who are on vacation this week, it could be really, hard to make this a productive week. Well thankfully there is always something that can done when managing a facility. We’ve pulled together a list of things that won’t require too much exertion, (we are just coming off the Christmas holiday and all) but also aren’t just busy work.
These tasks are a perfect mix of things that actually need to be done and not wanting to take on something too major. You’ll also have the extra benefit of that great feeling of accomplishment of being able to cross a completed project off your list and being set up for a productive new year. Pick one, two or all the tasks and have a great lull week between holidays.
Want TO HAVE A BETTER EXPERIENCE WITH your next janitorial SERVICE? then understand these 5 things ABOUT EVERY JANITORIAL CONTRACT
Understanding any type of contract is important. It's no different for the janitorial services contract that you sign on behalf of your company. It is critically important to you not only understand but agree to all the terms and conditions outlined in the janitorial service contract.
It can be easy to think it's just cleaning, but the details in the janitorial service contract will govern what could be a long relationship with you and the commercial cleaning company. Also, your company will still be bound by this contract even if you move on from the business, so it is critically important that you and all decision makers are on board with the terms and service.
While the entire janitorial service contract is important, there are a few that typically cause huge problems in the future when they are not clearly understood at the beginning of the relationship with a janitorial service. This article will arm you with the information you need to thoroughly review these areas and make sure that the terms are agreeable to your company for the long run.
Fall is upon us! You may be wondering what are some things you can do with your team to add some fun to the office or for team building. As an office manager you may responsible for planning or bringing ideas to the table to for such events. All eyes will be on you, the office manager, to have some great ideas that are budget friendly, fun, morale boosting and most importantly won't bore the socks off your team. No pressure right?
Fun with Food
Everyone loves food and most people will engage in an activity that involves food. Your team is no different. The fall offers so many fun ways to host a team event centered around something we all have in common: eating. Here are a few ideas to use this commonality to have some fun and enjoy good food with your team this fall.
1. Have a baking contest.
First off, sweets delight everyone from kids to adults. So having a baking contest is an easy win for fun and injecting some excitement into the office. Not to mention it can appeal to the competitive nature of some team members. For the fall, the contest could center around typical fall desserts or flavors like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie or chocolate cake. To encourage more people to show off their best baking skills and adding some variety to the contest sampling, consider having multiple categories. For example have entries for pumpkin pies and another for pound cakes, ect. Reward your winner with a certificate or small trophy, or other prize.
The messy desk. There are at least a few in every office. We’ve seen our fair share of them. These are the desks that our crews really, really want to dust, but there isn’t an inch of clear space to do so. They can be found running over with everything from papers, mail, food crumbs and cluttered with personal items. The messy desk is not only a challenge for your janitorial service to dust and clean but it takes away from the cleanliness of the office as a whole. Even more, a messy desk can contribute to decreased productivity.
According to Inc.com, a messy desk not only wastes time but it can decrease the level of customer service your business can provide to customers. The article states:
Furthermore, your clients will judge your business and employees by how clean or messy individual work areas are cleaned. According to a survey by Adecco, a majority of Americans (57%) make judgments about people based on the appearance of their work desks. The logic is, if they can't keep a desk organized, how can they take care my business? Cleaning up the desks in your office is a simple fix and an easy way to create a favorable impression, which will boost client confidence.
Another survey by Office Max reveals that a messy, unorganized desk also undermines productivity and motivation. If a desk is cluttered and a mess, it can affect your metal state. A clean desk promotes clarity of thought, creativity and boosts productivity.
The messy desk is so near to our heart and a common complaint we hear from office managers. So much so that it is the first topic in the Keep it Clean challenge that we hosted a few years ago. Maintaining a clean and organized work space can seem like a daunting challenge, but the benefits of improved productivity, increased focused and favorable impressions from customers are worth the effort. Today we are sharing a few practical tips and some helpful web resources that can solve the messy desk problem in your office.
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