Monthly Archives: August 2013

Workers Comp and a Small Business: Size of business dictates requirements.

Let’s face it. Starting your own business is an exciting—and challenging—time, particularly as you make plans to hire a your first employee. One of the areas of concern has to do with Workers Comp and a Small Business startup: You’ve heard a lot about ‘compliance’ issues, and the need to follow your state’s mandated insurance program (The […]

What Managers of Maintenance Jobs Earn

Managers of maintenance jobs hire facility tech, engineers, janitors and groundskeepers; oversee their tasks and schedules; and discuss facility projects with other department heads. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) describes the earnings of these managers, which are current as of the date of this post. Maintenance managers average $62,540 per year, although the […]

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Facilities management: Consider “real-time sustainability” to decrease waste and maximize efficiencies.

Today, facilities management is not just about fixing what’s broken or anticipating when that next replacement cycle surfaces. More importantly, it’s all about reacting to “real-time” conditions that can “minimize waste and maximize efficiency,” according to a post on Sustainable Plant by Paul Studebaker, “Real-time Sustainability in Your Hands.” For sure, “sustainability” is often an […]

Attracting the Best Facilities and Maintenance Workers Starts with the Job Description

As the demand for facilities and maintenance workers grows by an estimated 11 percent in the coming years according to the U.S. Department of Labor, competition for the best employees will increase. The first step to attract the right employees is to post an accurate and appealing job description. According to Mashable, job postings often […]

Going Green with Your Building Facilities: Ways to Get Your Maintenance Crew Involved

Your small business might want to think about going green with your building facilities to save you considerable money down the line. And when you do, you can utilize your facilities maintenance crew to be involved in many of those projects so there’s a true group effort behind it all. Once it’s done, your small […]

Info on Job Market For All Facility Maintenance: A Fast-Growing Career for Coming Decade

All  info on the job market for facility maintenance seems to be very positive based on how much maintenance workers are needed. Public facilities would obviously start to deteriorate quickly without the valuable expertise of plumbers, electricians and general construction crew who work to keep the building structurally sound. If you’re interested in being a […]

The Average Pay for Maintenance Jobs

Maintenance jobs are responsible for keeping office buildings, factories, schools and government facilities clean and in working order. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows the average pay for these positions as of the date of this post. The typical building maintenance worker makes a mean $25,670 per year, or $12.34 per hour. The […]

Healthcare & Small Business: How the Affordable Care Act Affects You and Your Employees

Healthcare and the small business haven’t had too good of a relationship recently with more expensive health care rates per employee in comparison to larger businesses. That’s led to some small businesses having to eliminate health care for employees due to the cost. But with coming changes to health care plans through the Affordable Care […]

Facilities management relying more on ‘Computer Maintenance Management System’ (CMMS) software

The tasks facing today’s facilities management team is becoming more and more systems oriented, as special software, like CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) delivers increase operational efficiencies. Maybe in the past it was fine for a  maintenance worker to complete numerous walk-thrus during his shift, jotting down unusual sounds and vibrations in the equipment room […]