The Aetna Integrated Services Blog

Common Questions About Aqueous Ozone Answered

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Aug 10, 2017 11:24:53 AM

Aqueous ozone, sometimes called liquid ozone, is an oxidizer used to sanitize, deodorize, and destroy allergens. It is safer and more environmentally friendly than traditional cleaning chemicals, and can potentially lead to cost savings. Confused? Skeptical? Let’s dive into some of the most common questions about this relatively new cleaning technology.

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Topics: janitorial, green cleaning, technology

A Brief Introduction to Centralized Trashing

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Jul 19, 2017 1:09:36 PM

Maybe you’ve heard how many offices are doing it – colleges and universities, government buildings, and even hip-to-the-times Google. Centralized trashing isn't a new concept, but it's one that more offices than ever have been turning to lately. So what's it all about?

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Topics: facility management, centralized trashing

Questions to Consider Before Switching to Day Cleaning

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Jun 8, 2017 10:58:57 AM

Is day cleaning on your radar, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to make the switch? Moving from night cleaning to day cleaning requires a major shift in building operations, so it’s not a decision that can be made easily or lightly. There are several pros and cons of day cleaning that affect facilities differently, so let’s ask some questions to get you thinking about whether day cleaning is the right choice for your building and employees.

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Topics: janitorial, facility management, day cleaning

5 Office Problems Improved by Day Cleaning

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Jun 1, 2017 3:11:20 PM

Though they sound like exact opposites, day cleaning is not just a mirrored version of night cleaning. When you take your janitorial department and have them clean during daylight hours while employees and guests are in the building, changes take place financially, environmentally, and culturally — for the better.

Of course, day cleaning isn’t a magical cure for every facet of the following issues, but making the switch can make a perceptible move toward positive change.

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Topics: janitorial, facility management, contract cleaning, day cleaning

Connecting K-12 School Buildings to the Internet of Things

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Apr 21, 2017 4:28:54 PM

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) – a term for the interconnection of objects and machines that collect and share data — has been around since the 80s. And like most technology, it has been advancing at a rapid pace, evolving to match our creativity and needs.

Schools have been amazing hubs for the development and experimentation of IoT technology, due to the large populations of people. Plus, with each incoming group of students, more and more have grown up with innovative technology as integral parts of their lives. This makes the integration of smart devices into their school lives a natural occurrence.

When it comes to building environments, there are three important things Wi-Fi enabled devices can do: collect data, automate processes, and send alerts. How can IoT in K-12 schools help you save money, improve student experiences, and keep everyone in the building safer? Let’s explore.

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Topics: indoor air quality, facility management, K-12, schools, internet of things

4 Universities That Rock Student Sustainability Buy-In

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Mar 13, 2017 12:45:06 PM

Colleges nationwide have been shaping sustainability programs that excite and entice students to get involved. Because most college students are already over-scheduled, trying to get them to participate in one more thing can be a major challenge. Higher learning institutions constantly need to rethink the way they engage with students, offering them something that enhances and enriches their college experience.

Countless college sustainability programs maintain excellent student involvement. These are just a few examples of creative initiatives that align with students’ needs and invite them to join in.

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Topics: sustainability, colleges and universities

Common Business Meeting Technology Problems and Solutions

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Feb 28, 2017 1:28:49 PM

 

Have you ever been to a meeting that was delayed due to technology snafus? You probably have. Business meeting technology is intended to make meetings easier and more productive, but ironically it often has the opposite effect.

A Barco survey found that nine in 10 office workers experience technology-related stress during meetings and that 58% regularly experience issues with sharing screens and content. And 15% of the time, these errors lead to people canceling or postponing the meeting!

In some cases you may be interested in hiring audio visual office support, but general knowlege of quick fixes can really save you in a pinch. Let’s take a look at the most common problems and delve into possible solutions.

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Topics: troubleshooting, how-to, technology, office support

Essential Questions to Ask Green Building Service Contractors

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Feb 16, 2017 12:15:35 PM

"Green" is one of those buzzwords with no concrete definition that any company can put on its website. So when you're looking for green building service contractors, how do you separate the fakers from the real deal?

By asking the right questions, you can gain an understanding of a contractor's commitment to sustainability and how they will bring that commitment into your facility. Here are a few questions you can ask that will give you a clearer vision of a company's green initiatives.

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Topics: contract cleaning, green cleaning, sustainability

5 Signs It's Time to Outsource Your Janitorial Services

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Jan 26, 2017 12:00:55 PM

An in-house janitorial or custodial department is not without its advantages, but is it the right fit for your facility? If you find yourself facing any of the following problems, it may benefit you to outsource janitorial services and partner with a contract cleaning company.

#1 – You are spending too much time and money on hiring.

Turnover in the janitorial industry can be as high as 400%. That means a never-ending revolving door of employees, each of whom requires costs to recruit, hire, and train. If your human resources department is feeling overwhelmed by the number of times they’ve had to find new cleaners, a cleaning contractor can take the stress out of your hands.

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Topics: janitorial, facility management, in-house vs. outsource cleaning, contract cleaning

3 Ways Your Janitorial Staff Can Decrease Employee Absenteeism

Posted by Leah Driscoll on Jan 25, 2017 4:24:36 PM

Employee absenteeism costs businesses thousands of dollars every year. According to a Circadian study, unscheduled absenteeism costs $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 for each salaried employee.

How can your janitorial team lower workplace absenteeism numbers? Cleaners who are equipped with the right tools, knowledge, and attitude can prevent the presence and spread of illness in the workplace, keeping your building’s occupants healthy, happy, and productive.

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Topics: absenteeism, indoor air quality, janitorial