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Mature employees present opportunities and challenges

The rapidly aging global workforce – caused mainly by the number of retirement-eligible employees continuing to work – is both a challenge and major opportunity for corporations, according to a recent report by The Conference Board. Some 64 million baby boomers (over 40% of the U.S. labor force) are poised to retire in large numbers by the end of this decade. In industries already facing labor and skills shortages, forward-thinking companies... ...Read More...

Permanent staff superior to consultants

Hiring managers nationwide believe the quality of their permanent staffs to be significantly higher than the quality of their consulting staffs, according to the results of a survey released by Yoh, a leading provider of talent and outsourcing services and a Day & Zimmermann company. The survey asked 499 hiring managers selected at random to grade the quality of their permanent and contract staffs on a five letter scale, from “A” for... ...Read More...

Facility managers allocating more $ for janitorial services

A slight trend toward increased janitorial budgets is underway in 2005, as facility managers across America acknowledge the importance of effective cleaning for occupant health and productivity, according to a study commissioned by ServiceMaster Clean. The research shows, however, that facility managers are experiencing mediocre service levels from their janitorial providers and will likely seek enhanced performance to justify their investment.... ...Read More...

Sustainable By Design: Double Duty: Combined Heat And Power

Implementing combined heat and power systems can help reduce facility energy... ...Read More...

Tips for eyesight conservation

The average business professional spends 40-50 hours a week in front of a computer screen. Teachers are beginning to use the computer more in schools, and even children are spending their time after-school in front of a monitor. It’s difficult to find a business or home without a computer in it these days, but this much usage can result in eye problems, such as eye strain and fatigue. Dr. Wong, Medical Director and Chief of LASIK Surgery... ...Read More...

News from IFMA Foundation and Board

The IFMA Foundation, a non-profit corporation providing education, research and scholarships for the benefit of facility management professionals and students, recently selected five new members to be added to their Board of Trustees. In addition, the Foundation announced the members of their 2005-2006 executive committee. Joining the Board for the fiscal year are Andreas Rohregger, a doctoral student at the University of Applied Science,... ...Read More...

15 product standards updated

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has issued revised editions of Standards-at-a-Glance, offering free-of-charge, uniform versions of 15 product standards. ANSI/BHMA standards establish requirements that precisely define the appropriate operation, performance characteristics, physical properties, test values, usage parameters, safety criteria, etc. of specific types of builders hardware products. Standards-at-a-Glance provide... ...Read More...

Implications of indoor airborne contaminants

InformeDesign® has launched Implications, a newsletter that investigates the effect of construction-based indoor airborne contaminants on occupant health, comfort, and productivity. This report was written by William J. Angell, a professor at the University of Minnesota and director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Project (IAQ). According to Angell, research on indoor pollutant sources originally centered... ...Read More...

Wearily waiting for Wilma

Florida is bracing itself for Hurricane Wilma, predicted to make landfall on Sunday (10/23). Facility professionals in the area have a significant amount of time to prepare, and in a post-Katrina world, many are taking the threat seriously. For property owners preparing for and later recovering from Hurricane Wilma, Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., (DKI) has created an informational Web site offering valuable resources to help minimize... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: How many electricians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Yes, the old joke has a new twist, thanks to a safety ruling from the European Union. As a result of the EU’s Working at Heights Directive, four electricians had to be called in by Father Anthony Sutch to change bulbs at St. Benet’s Church in Beccles, Suffolk (UK). This item from Reuters explains, Because safety regulations deemed the church ceiling too high for a ladder, scaffolding had to be erected for a lengthy and costly... ...Read More...