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  • 30 Jun 2017 8:52 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Every employee can benefit from a solid employee development program, whether they are salaried or hourly. Yet it's easily forgotten or let slide in the pressure of everyday business. Some days you might feel like it's hard enough to get through the day, much less manage and create a continued and future plan for employee development. But as a business owner, you can’t afford to cut employee development from your budget.

    Why should you press on and try to make it happen in your business? Here are 5 reasons:

    1. It helps attract and keep great employees.

    Employee retention is a huge challenge (and expense) for employers. So is the hiring process. Having a solid employee development program can help make that less of a burden.

    When it comes to attracting and hiring the best employees, here’s why a solid employee development program matters:

    • It is a benefit. Employee development can be seen as a benefit, and that is something employees weigh in the "pros" column when finding a job. Hourly employees, especially, don't always receive the benefits that salaried workers in larger companies are accustomed to. Providing employee development as part of the hiring package gives you a competitive advantage over other similar jobs and wages.
    • It builds loyalty. Loyal employees aren't prone to quitting. That's what employee retention is all about. Knowing that an employer is willing to provide training and development makes an employee feel important and it makes them loyal.
    • It increases your reputation. Having a reputation as a good employer — one who cares enough to provide training — is great both for hiring new employees as well as how customers see you. Word gets out about who is good to work for, and that can affect sales as well as the hiring process.
    • It brings in good people. By offering training, continuing education, conference attendance, or even something as simple as a book allowance, with the understanding that you expect them to participate, you will attract employees who are looking to better themselves. That's an employee you want to hire in the first place.

    2. It helps you create promotable employees.

    Hiring managers and other upper-level employees from within is a good idea. Who else is more familiar with your day-to-day business, and with your customers? But not every long-time employee is ready for such positions, and promoting them when they aren't leads to problems.

    A proper employee development program will:

    • Create a pool of capable workers
    • Create workers ready for promotion.
    • Help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your employees.

    Employee development both trains your current employees for possible future promotion from daily worker to management as well as shows you which employees have aptitude for such a promotion. Better to learn about strengths and weaknesses in training rather than out on the sales floor with actual customers.

    3. It keeps employees engaged at work.

    Bored employees are a recipe for disaster. They easily take on negative attitudes, sloppy work habits, and cause damage to relationships with other employees and customers.

    Employee development is a way that you can keep your employees engaged at work to prevent that kind of boredom from setting in. Interesting training programs, and future development events that are fun or challenging to look forward to — this removes the plodding daily feel to a job that leads to that dreaded boredom.

    4. It helps you save and earn money.

    A good employee is like money in the bank.

    That well-trained, confident, and engaged employee we've been talking about? They are going to do better work for you in the long run. That's going to help save you money, as employees become more efficient and proficient. Employee development also has the potential to increase salaries and output. Either way, that's good for your bottom line, and that's exactly why Sarvadi classified employee development not as an expense, but as an investment.

    5. It forces you to look to the future.

    Employee development is a continuing thing, and that means that you always have to have an eye on the future. You'll be asking yourself:

    • What kind of leadership will I need?
    • What will my customers need from my employees?
    • What industry changes might I expect?

    Since your employees are integral to any answer you might come up with for these questions, their training and development are tightly involved, too.

    That's what forces you to think ahead, because employee development programs don't happen without planning. The training that worked last year might not work next year. Your business culture might be shifting according to customer and industry needs. You might need to attract a different kind of employee and your development offerings need to shift to reflect that.

    An employee development plan that's going to work necessarily forces you to consider the future path of your business. That's a good thing. Staying on your toes as far as relevant employee development is concerned means you'll be thinking ahead of the curve for your business.

    Source: SBA

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  • 28 Jun 2017 11:58 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Natural stone surfaces are a wonderful investment that deserve and require proper care. If you make a mistake or overlook maintenance, you could risk damaging your beautiful material.

    While it’s true that natural stone is extremely durable and made to last, it is not indestructible. “There is a chemistry to natural stone, and making mistakes can harm it,” notes Tim Lesnar, owner of Classic Marble Restoration in Blaine, Minnesota.

    Natural stone thrives under proper maintenance, says Brian Kornet, owner of Fabra-Cleen Stone & Tile Care in Plainview, N.Y.

    More at source: Village News

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  • 27 Jun 2017 11:59 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    There’s nothing like a bit of toilet humour now and again but this revelation is no laughing matter.

    No matter how good you are at cleaning your loo a hygiene expert says most of us are doing it wrong; and it could breed more germs than you would like to think about.

    Stephanie from Expert Home Tips says the problem lays all with what you do with your toilet brush.

    It’s not how you scrub, and lets not talk about what you are scrubbing, but it’s what you do next.

    She said putting a wet brush back in the holder after you have used it is one of the worst things you can do. The wet brush will just be a brilliant breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

    More at source: Starts At 60

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  • 21 Jun 2017 8:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a shocking surprise during Spring cleaning in Newington. A Connecticut DOT maintenance crew found more than 2 pounds of cocaine while they were cleaning up a wooded area between one of their facilities on Pascone Place and a shopping plaza off of the Berlin Turnpike.

    “I literally kicked a kilo,” said one maintenance worker who was picking up trash.

    The surprising find has generated a buzz in Newington.

    “Oooh a bit shocked,” said one shopper at the plaza next door.

    “It’s very strange,” another shopper said.

    More at source: WTNH 8

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  • 16 Jun 2017 10:06 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Common cleaners used in homes, hotels and hospitals cause birth defects in fetuses, according to a new study of mice.

    In some cases just being in the same room with the chemicals was enough to increase birth defects in the mice. The scientists involved say they can’t draw any conclusions for exposed humans but “animal studies are the gold standard for predicting human health effects,” said Terry Hrubec, professor and researcher at Virginia Tech University and lead author of the study published today in the journal Birth Defects Research

    The mice didn’t even need to be directly dosed–just using disinfectants in the rooms led to increased birth defect rates.People are exposed “every day to these chemicals,” she added ... 

    More at source: Enviromental Health News

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  • 15 Jun 2017 10:12 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Detectives with the California Department of Insurance arrested Gina Marie Gregori, 55, of Lafayette, for allegedly under reporting payroll and duping insurers out of $32 million. Gregori was charged with 19 felony counts and is being held on $5.2 millino bail at the San Francisco County Jail.

    Over a seven-year period Gregori, owner of GMG Janitorial, GMG Billings, and Apex Janitorial Solutions, allegedly falsified documents and underreported payroll to her workers’ comp insurance company, according to CDI detectives.

    More at source: Insurance Journal

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  • 12 Jun 2017 6:45 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    June 10--A Chicago firm has abruptly given up its $14.74 million janitorial contract at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, spurring Lambert to seek new bids for the three-year deal.

    United Maintenance Co. withdrew June 2. A few days earlier, Lambert officials had begun inquiring about a news report that United was accused by a Chicago agency of reserving jobs based on political considerations in violation of its contract with that city.

    More at source: Aviation Pros

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  • 08 Jun 2017 11:29 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    CONTRACTOR banned from cleaning state government schools because it underpaid its workers has been replaced by four companies that are also subject to allegations of underpayment.

    The Andrews government is under increasing pressure to overhaul the state’s school-­cleaning system.

    Four more school cleaning companies are now subject to allegations of underpayment.

    The Education Department has received complaints that one of the companies failed to pay penalty rates, and paid some workers flat rates of $21.22 to $23.54 an hour rather than the award minimum of $24.58 an hour.

    More at source: Herald Sun

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  • 06 Jun 2017 6:58 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    How does Amazon plan to keep automated warehouses free of debris? With automated cleanup robots, of course.

    Amazon cleanup robot

    At least that’s a scenario laid out in a patent granted to the Seattle-based online retailer today. There’s no guarantee the cleanup robots will become a reality. But it makes a weird sort of sense to have robots pick up after messy robots.

    The application, filed more than two years ago, describes a reporting network that can be used by workers, robots or sensor-equipped monitoring stations to alert a central control system to the presence of an out-of-place object – for example, a box that’s fallen out of a bin, or a piece of trash that’s been left in the aisle.

    More at source: Geek Wire

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  • 01 Jun 2017 8:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A scam from a company claiming to operate out of Minneapolis is making its way across the nation and has even targeted a business in the Northwest. According to BBB reports, Waterford Management, a building management and janitorial services company, has already scammed multiple companies out of around $900,000 worth of supplies. Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest advises all business owners to be cautious of solicitations from Waterford Management.

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    A janitorial supply business in Eugene, Oregon, reported Waterford Management set up an account with them and submitted all the appropriate credit application information and references required to make the order. Shortly afterward Waterford Management ordered another shipment, this time set up as a “blind” shipment to New York through a freight company.

    More at source: Idaho Press

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