Why A Kansas City-Based Facility Manager Turned To a Preventative Maintenance Schedule For Their Job Management Needs

When was the last time you checked and updated your maintenance schedules? It’s a task that’s often latent on your weekly checklist of items, and with your responsibilities only growing in quantity, they can easily be pushed to the side. Sometimes you may even push responsibilities into the hands of other team members, hoping they can make room in their workday. When working in facility management, it’s easy to get stretched too thin when overseeing an entire site—even with the help of an added facility staff.

We recently spoke to a Facility Manager located in Kansas City that recited a similar story of having too much to get done, and not enough hands for the job.

“When I have an entire site to manage, it’s easy to delegate tasks out to members of my team. Then twenty minutes later, I find myself in need of an additional person to work on our landscaping efforts. In my opinion, running a successful project is all about exceptional time and resource management.”

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How Org-Charts Can Be a Powerful Leadership Tool in the Workplace.

On its surface, an org-chart is simply a mapping of a company’s corporate structure. However, with the proper knowledge, an org chart can influence a team’s behavior. It can communicate an organization’s priorities, while simultaneously highlighting core competencies and where to best utilize them. An org-chart can promote collaboration and accountability. Basically, in the right hands, an org chart can help a leader steer their organization down the right path.

Forbes recently published an article that detailed the industry demand for a flexible alternative to the stationary org chart. In the article, David Burkus looks to the likes of Broadway production teams to help uncover the value of operating with an org chart that is formed around products and problems as opposed to a fixed structure. The big takeaway here is this: the more willing you are to part with a predefined structure for your organization or business—in favor of something that allows for resources to be allocated where they are needed the most—the better you can perform in your competitive marketplace.

But Burkus’ article also hints at a dynamic shift in the way we visualize information to better suit the flexible nature of the 21st century. There has to be a degree of parity between structure and flexibility in everything we, as modern professionals, do; that’s why Burkus’ article is so poignant. It highlights that as times are changing, technology and familiarity need to meet somewhere in the middle—hence the familiarity of an easily manageable org chart that provides features to expedite a hectic production schedule.

So what benefits can an org chart provide your company? We’ve put together a list of three key takeaways that organizational charts can provide to the everyday business professional:

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Spring-Cleaning: The Best Ways To Clean Your Office

Picture this: You’re in a room surrounded by a few coffee mugs and scattered post-it notes, flooded with folders of printed memos and important documents that cover the desktop in front of you, while sitting in a chair that is covered with outerwear fit for any scenario mother nature throws your way.

If this place sounds a familiar to you, the good news is you’re not alone.

In an article conducted by Sheila McClear of the New York Post, McClear clarified something that many office workers have questioned for quite a while: That messy desk is likely to affect your perception in the workplace.

With the snow melting and spring just around the corner, there is no better time to get your office organized! So before you get started, here is a list of 5 tips to help you keep your workspace fresh:


  1. Start Scheduling

While this tip doesn’t require you to actually clean anything, it does play into the entire purpose of spring-cleaning: To get organized. I’ve already covered the immense amount of value planning can provide to your quality of life once before, so we can skip ahead to all the fun stuff.

You can start by allocating a centralized location for all your scheduling needs. Whether it is a giant whiteboard or something more personal like a pocket planner, you want to get into the habit of writing things down. Studies indicate that the act of writing increases brain activity, making it easier to remember important dates and times. In fact, this is something you can get started on right away; plan a day for your spring-cleaning and make an event out of it!

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How To Discreetly Track Student Performance

How do you know when your students are falling behind on grades and struggling with a specific subject?

The answer to this question is always met with a variety of responses ranging from the sarcastic, “Of course, I’m the best educator in the world! How could I not know which students of mine are falling behind?” to the less enthusiastic, “I try to.”

The truth of the matter is that no educator can always know how every one of his or her students is performing. Sure, you may have an idea of perhaps a handful of students that may be falling behind, but in order to prove that theory you are forced to dig through a plethora of binders just to validate your belief.

Every teacher would love to be able to keep constant tabs on the effectiveness of their lesson plans and the status of their entire roster of students, but when there are papers to grade and lessons to be planned, you cannot possibly be on top of everything.

Or can you?

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Value of Planning Ahead With Yearly Calendars

November 4th is recognized as National Stress Awareness Day here in the US. In an effort to celebrate the occasion, we’ve created a blog post that provides some insight regarding how to obtain a healthier, stress-free lifestyle. We hope you enjoy it!

Did you know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that people claiming to work 60 to 69 hours per week clocked an actual average of 52.6 hours, while those who believed they worked 70+ hour weeks actually averaged only 58.8 hours? It is difficult to accurately attribute this discrepancy to one particular source, however some theorists believe a lack of organization could be a leading factor in this misjudgment.

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LAFD Reveals Unique Tools used for Emergency Preparedness

LA Marathon

As the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings passes and the 119th Boston Marathon begins, emergency squads must take extra precautions, planning for months before marathons to make sure they run smoothly and everyone is safe. The Los Angeles Fire Department was eager to share their idea with other emergency preparedness teams in hopes of making their jobs easier. Continue reading LAFD Reveals Unique Tools used for Emergency Preparedness

Planning For What’s Ahead – Understanding The Benefits Of A Business Calendar

The purpose of the modern day calendar is to keep us on track, remind us of important dates, and to countdown to special occasions. In business, using a calendar is of the utmost importance; regardless of whether you are a company president, CEO, or an hourly employee, the use of a business calendar can help you with keeping to a specific schedule, prevent you from missing important meetings, and assist with keeping up with other coworkers’ schedules. Comprehensive calendars also encourage collaboration and improve coordination between team members.

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