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Working With Unions 101: Everything You Need to Know

Over the decades, unions have been credited with introducing a number of work protections that have improved the overall work environment for not only their members, but also for those who work with them. However, working with unions to fill your key job positions can bring a number of new complexities and challenges to employers who are unfamiliar with their structure or who do not have the time to engage with them sufficiently. 
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Kicking COVID-19: 8 Articles to Prepare Your Building Operations for the Return of Employees

As the world slowly recovers from the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to see the shift from virtual work back to the physical workplace. This return has occurred, in part, because of a national decrease in cases and increase in vaccinations, yet accompanying this progress are variants of the virus. 
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Facilities Services

7 Ways Outsourcing With a Facilities Service Partner Saves Costs

If there is one thing the last year has taught us, it is the need to be flexible and prepared for anything. This is especially important in the facilities management field, where occupancy levels and building maintenance needs are fluctuating more than ever.
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Articles

The Top 3 Priorities for Your Engineering Staff During Low Occupancy Periods

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses to adjust to a new operating reality, and it has driven them to make many tough decisions. Unfortunately, no field or industry has been untouched, including the key role of building maintenance and engineering.
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Articles

Energy Benchmarking for Building Management: How to Track Consumption and Sustainability

Most corporations are well equipped to track cash expenses like business lunches, office supplies and travel, and they can identify ways to save on those costs. But when it comes to an issue like heat energy loss from the building, unless they have a trustworthy energy benchmarking system, those savings may be literally escaping out the doors and windows.
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Commercial Building Operations: Lessons Learned from Return-to-Work Initiatives

COVID-19 has not only altered where we work, but also the way we work. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the top four ways to contract airborne COVID-19 describe most pre-pandemic buildings and office layouts. Before many states mandated employees to work from home, employees often sat at desks within six feet of each other and conference rooms included stuffy or recirculated air. 
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Culture

Employee Spotlight: David D'Amore, Chief Engineer, Boston, MA

David D'Amore is a Chief Engineer at Able Services working at a life sciences sites in Boston, MA. He recently sat down with us to talk about his work experiences, what a 'normal' day looks like and why he enjoys his work as the onsite lead at a Research and Development facility.
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Cultural Values Matter: What to Look For in Your Facility Solutions Provider

When choosing a facility solutions partner, focus on the word “partner.” These days, plenty of companies offer janitorial and maintenance services for commercial offices and campus facilities. They meet the minimum requirements at a designated price, but their leadership isn’t onsite very often, connecting with clients and offering solutions. 
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6 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Facility Management Services

Outsourcing facility management services saves on costs, reduces risk, and streamlines functionality, allowing for optimized attention to business. According to research by McKinsey & Company, “Outsourcing has now surpassed 50 percent of the total facilities management market in several regions, including Europe, [the] Middle East, and North America.” 
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Safety

Preventing Slips and Falls in the Winter Months

This article was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated. The arrival of winter brings with it various safety hazards. Along with snow, comes heavy winds, sleet, and freezing rain. This time of year, many people injure themselves by slipping and falling from steps, sidewalks, loading docks, and even from stepping out of their vehicles.
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