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How to Incentivize Hourly Service Employees
Since the majority of service employees aren’t on salary, how can you incentivize them to be more productive when their pay depends on the amount of hours worked?
Inventory Management: Common Issues & Streamlining the Process
Inventory management and tracking can be a headache. However, there are some solutions you can implement in order to make it less of one.
4 Questions for Implementing New Initiatives at Your Facility
With so many tasks tugging at you every day, being strategic is not always an easy feat for managers. Prioritizing daily activities may seem pretty self-evident, but prioritizing long-term changes across your organization, well, that's a different story.
4 Ways to Improve Corporate Culture at Your Facility
Is culture something you either have or don't have, or is it something that you can actively build? Both. For many individuals, corporate culture sounds like a very abstract, fluffy thing you use in Marketing and that's it. But truly successful companies make culture an integral part of their operations. If you’re interested in improving the company culture at your facility, it’s something that can be done; you just need to know how to go about it.
How Strategic Sourcing Can Save Your Facility Money
Maintaining your facility is time consuming enough, which is why it might be wise to consider outsourcing all your service procurement activities to a trusted partner. Encompass Onsite (EO) works with institutions of all sizes and industries to find the right suppliers in order to save time and reduce stress, all the while ensuring minimal disruptions, high levels of quality, and continuity of service. We work with with our clients' teams to implement procurement best practices, provide category intelligence and increase spend visibility.
6 Things to Look for When Selecting a Construction Cleaning Company
Finding a cleaning company for your project seems easy enough on the surface, but the reality is that it can be quite complex. Part of the reason, is that almost every company likely tells you close to the same thing: “We will give you the lowest price, and the best quality”.
How to Control Your Cleaning and Disinfecting Costs
Cleaning and disinfection are costing more than ever before. We need to clean and disinfect multiple times a day, provide cleaning materials for self-disinfection, and pay special attention to the brands we're using. Not every cleaner is created equal, and the wrong choice could be the difference between a healthy staff or a complete outbreak. COVID-19 has changed how we think about disinfection, and Americans are more aware of the germs lurking on surfaces. How do you control costs while also keeping occupants safe?
What is the true cost of in-house FM?
Building owners often think that having in-house facility management will save them money. But, what about the hidden direct and indirect costs that we often don’t think about? From turnover to insurance costs to materials, the cost of having an in-house team can quickly get out of hand. In this guide, we will dive into the costs of having an in-house facility management team. While on the surface, it may seem more efficient to have an in-house team, you will see hidden costs to this structure.
Benefits You Might Not Know About When You Outsource FM Services
There is a big misconception in business: in-house is always best. The problem with this notion is that you can't easily scale, vendor management is in-house, and technology is an added expense. While these are downfalls you'd see in most departments, they are very evident in the facility management department. With COVID-19 running rampant and buying and selling off properties the norm, it has never been more clear that outsourcing facility management has its benefits.
Reactive Measures: How to Respond to an Outbreak
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a major problem for businesses and organizations around the nation, it's worth taking a hard look at whether you're prepared in the event of an outbreak at your business, facility, or other location where people congregate. Here are some of the most critical tips that can help you identify, manage, and recover from outbreaks of COVID-19.
How to Scale Your FM Services without an HR Nightmare
There are many reasons you might need to scale your FM services. From scaling back because of a temporary building closure to scaling up due to a remodel, there are many reasons your needs might change. The problem lies in that scaling is a human resources nightmare, and a LOT of work. From hiring employees quick and efficiently, to the paperwork and legalities involved in laying off workers or hiring new employees, it takes a lot of time and effort. But, that doesn't need to be the case. In fact, with the right system set-up, adjusting your FM workforce can be easy.
The 7 Reasons Property Managers Refer Encompass
Residential property managers have many “bosses.” Every resident living on their property is another person to answer to. That is why residential property managers are choosy when it comes to referring facility managers. It takes continual satisfaction from residents and property managers alike to result in a referral.
COVID, Cold, and Flu Disinfection for Residential Buildings
It’s the time of year when Lysol, zinc, and Elderberry top our shopping list. With COVID-19 making the general population more aware than ever how easy it is to spread germs, not only person-to-person but via surfaces, disinfection is a top concern of residential property managers. Living in a well-populated building does not mean that getting sick is inevitable. With a proper cleaning and disinfecting schedule (plus following safety guidelines!), residents will remain safe and healthy this Cold/Flu/COVID season.
Disinfection & Sanitation
Whether working proactively to prevent viruses from spreading in your facility or building or fighting to recover from an outbreak, disinfection and sanitation have never been more important for all businesses. Disinfection and sanitation measures can no longer be an afterthought in facilities management— they’ve now become front-and-center, and for a good reason. Ensuring that a strong disinfection and sanitation plan is in place will help protect your business against outbreaks and deal with them quickly and effectively when they do happen. Here’s what you need to know about preventative disinfection and what you need in the event of an outbreak.
How to Improve College Campuses through Facility Management
While a college or university’s academic rigor and reputation are an essential factor for students choosing where to go for their higher education, more and more research suggests that the campus itself is one of the most significant factors students use when choosing where to attend.
How College Campuses Are Updating Their Cleaning and Sanitation Protocols
After requiring all students to learn remotely since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, college campuses around the United States are now opening back up for in-person attendance. Millions of students will be flowing in and out of buildings, congregating in indoor spaces, and using campus facilities once again.

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