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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 cafĂ© 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