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Wednesday 30 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier' - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wishing you a magical 2016!

Monday 28 December 2015

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Monday 2 November 2015

Happy Diwali!

GroupL wishes you and your family a happy and prosperous Diwali!

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Growing demand for professional home cleaners

Read more about the professional home cleaning services provided by GroupL Services, featured in Clean India Journal.


Tuesday 6 October 2015

Best wishes on the occasion of Dussehra

Dussehra, also known as Dasara, Vijayadashami, Durgotsav or the tenth day of Navratri, is an important Hindu festival celebrated across India. It is calculated on the basis of tenth day of Hindu lunar calendar month of Ashvin and usually falls in September or October each year. 

The history of Dussehra celebrations is as old as one can think of and is believed to have its origin in several legends. The two stories most commonly associated with Dussehra are mentioned here. According to Hindu mythology, Ravan, the demon King abducted King Rama’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. It is believed that it was on the tenth day of the battle that Lord Rama killed Ravana by cutting his ten heads, to rescue his beloved wife Sita. Furthermore, Dussehra Puja is also celebrated to mark Goddess Durga’s victory over the Mahishasura demons. Thus it is a festival celebrated to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. Bengalis celebrate Dusshera as a part of their main festival - Durga Puja. This day marks the end of Durga Puja celebrations, the preceding nine days being collectively referred to as 'Navratri'.

On the occasion of Dussehra, celebrate the victory of good over evil. Wishing you and your family a blessed and joyous Dussehra!

The story behind Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the major traditional festivals celebrated by the Hindu community. The festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha; the Lord of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.

There are many stories associated with the birth of Lord Ganesha, one of the most relevant ones is shared here. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the son of Shiva (The God of Destruction in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer) and Parvati (Shiva’s consort). One day, as Parvati was alone at home, she felt the need for someone to guard the door to her house while she took a bath. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him the task of guarding her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned while Parvati was bathing, but was abruptly stopped by the man-god Parvati had posted at the door. Outraged by the cheek of this stranger, Shiva cut off his head only to discover later that he had killed Parvati’s son! When Parvati learned of this, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided she was going to destroy the entire world. This worried everyone and they requested Lord Shiva to find a solution to calm her rage. Shiva then ordered all his followers (ganas) to immediately go and find a child whose mother had her back towards her child in negligence and bring his head. The first child seen by the followers was that of an elephant and they, as ordered, cut his head and brought it to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva immediately placed the head on Ganesha`s body and brought it to life again. He declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganapati.

It is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated. But according to historians, the earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be traced back to the times of the reigns of dynasties of Satavahana, Rashtrakuta and Chalukya. Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism. It has continued ever since. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and fair in states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

On the occassion of Ganesh Chaturthi, may the Lord fill your life with prosperity and success. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Thursday 18 June 2015

Group Newsletter - June, 2015

Security Headlines

Catch up on the latest news in the security industry in India. 

Click here to read full article.

Monday 23 March 2015

The Dirty Truth About Public Bathrooms

How clean are your public bathrooms? Do they just LOOK clean? Or are they really clean—deep down? And does your staff really know how to handle the need to get rid of the down and dirty? According to a recent survey, many public toilets are not as clean as they should be.

Restroom maintenance is an important daily task with which most facility management professionals are familiar, since restrooms are a frequently used area in any facility and their upkeep can affect public perceptions. But in the survey, conducted by ISSA and Clorox Professional Products Co., it’s difficult for some managers to uncover what it takes to keep this critical area in top shape.

View this post on FacilityExecutive.com to know some truths about Public Bathrooms.

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Thursday 5 March 2015

Facility Contingency Plans For Terrorist Attacks

Recently, leading security expert Chris Phillips, founder and managing director of the UK-based firm International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO), said that the attack on the Lindt café in Sydney, Australia highlights the need for all crowded places to have a contingency plan for implementation in the event of a terrorist attack.
Speaking on behalf of Counter Terror Expo, an conference and expo to be held April 21-22, 2015 in London, Phillips said, “We have to face the reality that locations such as primary schools, shopping malls, and leisure centers are all potential targets for terrorist attack today. They should all develop and rehearse an emergency response plan just as they do with fire drills.”
With the assaults occurring in France this week—the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, followed by the related hostage situations at a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele and a supermarket in eastern Paris, Phillips’ list of recommendations are brought to the fore of many facility professionals’ minds. (News outlets are currently reporting all terrorists have been killed.) While the Charlie Hebdo offices and the printing plant are not public, crowded facilities, managers in all settings can benefit from these tips.
Click here to read more about the recommendations he has to make drawing on his extensive experience.

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Happy Holi!

Friday 23 January 2015

Tips to Improve Efficiency and Save Money in a Hotel's Housekeeping Department

Housekeeping is not only the largest department in terms of number of employees, it is also the department responsible for continuously maintaining the largest amount of physical space in the hotel. Since housekeeping as a department is not responsible for generating any revenue, every housekeeping manager should always make controlling their department’s expenses a top priority.

Here are some tips from Gilles Arditi, President of Southwind Hospitality, to make a substantial positive impact on your housekeeping practices – to help you create a checklist to reduce costs and increase efficiency, and perhaps even turn around an entire department.

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Tuesday 20 January 2015

Organizing Housekeeping to Improve Workflow

Every housekeeping department deals with cleanliness and all ancillary service attached to that. For hotels, the standard of housekeeping plays an important role in determining its standard. With accommodation being the highest revenue generating department there, it is natural for housekeeping to be the largest department.

Good organization is the greatest requirement for effective housekeeping services, said Shane Nicolopolous, director of rooms for the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. See how organizing the housekeeping improves the workflow efficiency.

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Source: Hotelmanagement.net

The Role of a Manager in Housekeeping in the Hotel Industry

Housekeeping management is at the core of hotel operations and can make the difference between a reputed hotel and one that guests are unlikely to visit again. The primary housekeeping duty is to ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of hotel rooms and to ascertain that they are properly stocked with the supplies to which guests are entitled. A hotel housekeeping manager not only supervises housekeepers in conducting their duties but also investigates any complaints guests make and takes corrective action.

View the various roles that a housekeeping manager has to play in a hotel industry.

Source: Houston Chronicle

Monday 19 January 2015

Energy Controlling Makes Real Estate Greener

Credit Suisse Real Estate Asset Management, one of Europe’s largest private builders and building owners, joined forces with real estate management company Wincasa and Siemens to launch an energy controlling program. This project involves examining and optimizing the energy efficiency of approximately one thousand properties within the bank’s real estate portfolio in order to systematically reduce their total energy consumption and CO2 emissions without any additional construction work. This five-year program is expected to cut the CO2 emissions of all buildings by at least 10% annually, equivalent to approximately 13,000 metric tonnes.

View the case study on how Energy controlling makes real estate greener.

Source: BuildotechIndia

Friday 9 January 2015

New Technology is The Name of the Facility Game

New technology serves as boon for facility managers. With health care facility managers expected to do their jobs better, faster, with fewer staff and keep costs down, too, technology takes on an even bigger part of keeping hospitals running efficiently and according to code.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of tools to meet the challenges, making these the good old days. Everything from software that measures energy consumption to smartphones and tablets that help facility managers to track equipment remotely is becoming part of the daily routines of managers' seeking maximum efficiency.

Click here to view this entire article. Exploring options for availing facility management services? Visit GroupL today!

Source: Health Facilities Management

Thursday 8 January 2015

Facility Management Headlines:ValuePro buys Indoor plants firm Gardenia Ornamental

ValuePro International Pvt Ltd, a Bangalore-based company that offers facility management, employee transportation and supply chain solutions, has acquired city-based indoor plants firm Gardenia Ornamental for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition enables ValuePro to provide indoor plants solutions to its existing as well as new clients. Post-acquisition, ValuePro will integrate Gardenia with its business & Gardenia and its team will be part of ValuePro.

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Safety Measures for High Rise Façade Cleaning

There are stringent measures that should be followed to secure the safety of window cleaners of high-rise buildings. Safety at heights is the basic requirement for the kind of work carried out in the construction industry. Since a lot of buildings have begun adopting exterior façades, there are a few companies in India who have started Façade Cleaning. Experts say that the use of a suspended cradle is the safest option for window cleaning of high-rise buildings.

To view what are the basic safety measures that one must adopt while cleaning high rise façades, visit this post from Buildotech.

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Tips for Success in Facility Management

Facilities Management is a demanding profession which requires a diverse set of skills in order to be successful. Facility managers are always under pressure to reduce operating costs. The consistent professional, interpersonal and even emotional demands that FMs face on a daily basis seem to fly from all directions. A quality FM learns to manage and compartmentalize all of these demands, while continuing to strive for customer service excellence.

But, how exactly, does one stand out as a leader in this rapidly expanding industry? Here are few skills every facilities manager needs to succeed. Click here to read the full article.

Source: iofficecorp.com

Monday 5 January 2015

Amalgamating Traditional Values with Technology

Hospitality services sector has traditionally been more of a person to person connection. Perhaps it is the only sector which keeps the traditional values alive along with the turn-down services with the very reasonable facts that they can be used to enhance service and communication with guests.

Know why Shilpa Kosambia, Executive Housekeeper, Sofitel BKC, Mumbai, feels Housekeeping must be looked at as an investment and not as expense. Read the entire interview here.

Source: CleanIndiaJournal

CSR in Housekeeping

Lemon Tree Hotels has been hiring PWDs (Persons With Disability - 100% speech and hearing impaired people – mostly from BPL communities) since 2007. Currently, over 10% of group employees are from this segment of the population. The group plans to increase this number to more than 10% of total employees by end 2014-15. Lemon Tree has also developed a standard process to induct people with disabilities into all its hotels pan India, including remote places like Muhamma in Kerala.

Watch how Housekeeping has tremendous potential to become a CSR initiative, in this article from CleanIndiaJournal.

GroupL is a leader in providing cleaning and housekeeping services. Visit us to know more.