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It’s not just a passing fad anymore. “Going green” means more than recycling once a month. It’s a commitment to our environment, a promise to redefine your company’s goals, practices and procedures to ensure the smallest impact on our planet. At Team Clean, it’s part of everything we do.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
A successful leader surrounds himself with a strong team. The team understands its mission and strives to reach the shared goals. The principles of this relationship exist everywhere – schools, athletic organizations, political environments, business, and industry – the list goes on. In order for the team and leader to succeed, they must work together. Whether the leader is the principal, coach, president or supervisor, he must trust the members of his team.
Managing the Team
When it comes to supervising venues like office buildings, arenas or schools, the Facilities Manager organizes multiple teams to support his many responsibilities:
A Facilities Manager also responds to the tenants’ daily issues or concerns. He gets the frantic call about a mouse in the hallway, or a plumbing issue in the fifth-floor men’s room. While the Facilities Manager addresses unexpected rodents and clogs, he becomes more dependent on his select teams to complete regular duties.
Professional third-party contractors help keep the property running smoothly. By hiring a reliable agency, the Facilities Manager can schedule regular, dependable maintenance services. This uniformed team supports the Facilities Manager with reliable workers who are committed to high standards. Together, they achieve the same goal – satisfaction of the tenants and guests.
In addition to their regular duties, the contracted cleaning team can anticipate tenants’ needs or offer other services.
The Team Takes Charge
For a Facilities Manager, the operation of the building and safety of the tenants and guests are the number one priority. When Mother Nature flexes her muscles, she can cause property damage. And after the dust settles or the rain subsides, the clean-up effort must begin. The Facilities Manager must assess the situation and evaluate interior and exterior needs.
The calls begin – the landscaping crew. The regular team arrives to clean up debris and remove broken branches. They work quickly and efficiently to recover the property’s pre-storm status.
Inside the building, a leak left an inch of water in a conference room. Next call – the cleaning team. They know the room and have the equipment to effectively restore it. The team removes the water, cleans the floors and furniture and tests for mold. The Facilities Manager is confident in their work and relieved that he has contracted a strong support system to help him manage the property through its many challenges.
Working as a Team
A Facilities Manager oversees regular building operations but cannot do that alone. He depends on reliable and efficient team members. All of the teams that the Facilities Manager supervises act as the first line of defense against a potential problem. Clear communication and thorough reporting is extremely important. The teams’ dedication to the Facilities Manager helps them all reach the goal of the tenants’ comfort and satisfaction.
At home, you sort your glass, paper, and plastics for recycling. Your new washer and dryer have the highest possible Energy Star ratings. And your hybrid gets 60 miles to the gallon. You understand your carbon footprint and also appreciate the effects of going green at your place of work, beyond refilling your personal water bottle.
Your employer also strives to make a positive social impact on the environment. Green initiatives at the office include a recycling program, occupancy-sensor lighting and low-flow toilets and faucets. You and your co-workers follow the “print only when necessary” rule, and print documents on both sides, reducing paper usage by 50%.
Your company also contracts with other businesses that share the same commitment to environmental responsibility and employee satisfaction. Consider the impact of the daily office cleaning service on the well-being of workers and guests. They provide essential maintenance functions. Not only do they remove garbage and dust, they fight allergens and infectious agents that affect the safety of the environment. This includes the surfaces you touch and the air you breathe.
Cleaning up at Work
If your janitorial service uses cleaning agents with harmful chemicals, they can put everyone’s health at risk. All of the occupants of the building can potentially be exposed to the volatile components in their cleaning products and equipment. When these elements flow down the drain from cleaned surfaces or sponges, they also contaminate water sources.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns that “concentrated forms of some commercial cleaning products are classified as hazardous, creating potential handling, storage, and disposal issues for users.”
By hiring a cleaning agency that only uses green products, they prevent potentially harmful chemical reactions that result from inhaling the toxins. Plus, they reduce the risk of eye and skin irritations from direct contact with the cleaning chemicals.
Something in the Air
The EPA reports that “many office buildings have significant air pollution sources (because) some of these buildings may be inadequately ventilated.”
The agency explains that insufficient mechanical ventilation systems do not circulate an adequate amount of outdoor air. When chemical cleaning products get mixed into the air through evaporation, it’s the perfect storm. The result – poor air quality and the potential increase in poor health of the occupants. Get ready to call in sick because some ailments include respiratory irritation, asthma, and allergic reactions.
When employees work in an unhealthy environment – one affected by germs or chemicals – productivity is quickly affected. The phrase “sick and tired” takes on a new meaning as poor air quality or toxins cause allergies and other symptoms.
Greens are Good for You!
Green cleaning products minimize waste and maximize efficiency. They also reduce indoor air pollution and contaminants in the water because they are made from less toxic compounds. Some insurance companies even recognize the positive impact of an eco-friendly environment. So, the investment in good health can also pay dividends in other ways. It’s worth giving them a call!
Overall, green cleaning products improve indoor air quality and help maintain the people in the building too. It’s always a good investment to protect your company’s assets.
Every parent has warned, “Don’t touch that, you’ll get germs!” and shouted, “Go wash your hands!”
The fight to keep little ones healthy can seem like a losing battle. Children constantly put their fingers in their mouths, wipe their noses and rub their eyes. With each motion, they essentially spread germs and parents can only follow them with disinfecting wipes for so long.
Eventually, those children grow up and need to apply their parents’ advice – recognizing what they should and shouldn’t touch and learning when to wash their hands.
You Never Stop Learning
Flash forward to young adults attending college. For most, living on campus marks the first opportunity to be away from home and the watchful eyes of parents. Suddenly, these independent students have to remember to take their own vitamins and get a good night’s sleep.
Shared spaces at colleges and universities increase the likelihood of spreading germs. Students and faculty repeatedly pass through classrooms, cafeterias, and bathrooms and they unconsciously touch common surfaces like stair rails and door handles. This constant exposure to germs could lead to illnesses.
The influenza (flu) virus can be spread when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or even talks in close proximity. Sometimes the flu can be transmitted by touching a surface with the flu virus and then touching one’s own mouth, eyes or nose. An infectious virus plus young people, with lower immunities from lack of sleep and (possibly) poor diets, equals a perfect storm for a flu epidemic.
Time to Take Notes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests “the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.” The organization also recommends staying home, covering sneezes and coughs and washing hands (where have we heard that before?).
The CDC also reported, “Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface.” To help slow the spread of the flu virus, the organization suggests cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects in the schools. This includes frequently touched items like desks, doorknobs and computer keyboards. The CDC also claims that “flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.” Some tips to consider:
The CDC strongly urges following the directions on the labels of cleaning products and disinfectants and confirming that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved their effectiveness against the influenza A virus.
Locations with large populations of people, like colleges and universities, should take precaution during cold and flu season. The administration and on-campus clinic should react quickly to reported cases of the flu by posting reminders about vaccinations and proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques. And of course, they should remind everyone: “WASH YOUR HANDS!”
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