The late 1970s and early 1980s saw the birth of what soon became a phenomenon in the professional cleaning industry: the janitorial broker. A janitorial broker is someone who bids on the cleaning needs of all kinds of properties, from restaurants and schools to commercial office buildings, with the goal of securing the contract for cleaning these facilities.
Last year, I wrote the article “Effective Training of Today’s Diverse Workforce” for SERVICES, and it included numerous examples of how technology can improve training. Since this is the 2013 technology issue, this article will update some of the changes I have witnessed since that article first appeared.
Sometimes it seems like the pace and demands of life increase by the day. We work longer hours, shoulder heavier burdens, multitask, and try to get more done in less time with fewer resources. While these challenges apply to almost all market sectors, in our current economic environment the facility services industry has been hit exceptionally hard.
One of the most common types of dashboards now in use, and the type many building service contractors are most likely to encounter working with their clients, are called sustainability dashboards. These dashboards are designed to measure, monitor, and report on the key performance indicators (KPIs) for a facility.
Google's Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) is when a potential buyer picks up his or her laptop, smartphone, desktop computer, or tablet and starts searching for products and services. They educate themselves about their various options, which companies offer those options, and which business is most informative in their purchase decision.