10 Steps to Going Green!

By Vickie Holland

You may have been told to “green” your facility or “We’re going green”.  This may have immediately raised questions for you, your staff, and your customers. Where do we start? What will this cost? When does this happen? How do we know if we missed anything?

Our Greensafe Program is designed to help you understand what “going green” really means and where to start.

10 Steps to Going Green

  • Conserve Energy: Turn off computers, lights, and printers when not in use. Use LED light bulbs.
  • Implement a Comprehensive Recycling Program: Place recycling containers for ease of recycling paper, plastics, and other materials.
  • Reduce Waste: Print less paper by going digital. Conserve water.
  • Use Green Cleaning Products: Switch to third-party certified green chemicals. If possible, use a dilution control system which reduces waste.
  • Use Sustainable Cleaning Tools: Microfiber mops and dusters reduce chemical use.
  • Use Proper Matting: Control soiling near the building entrances saves time and money and protects your floors.
  • Use Green Cleaning Equipment: Select CRI certified vacuum cleaners with optimal filtration to provide best indoor air quality.
  • Use Green Towels and Tissue: Switch to  third-party certified green products.
  • Use Green Trash Liners: Proper sizing reduces waste and save money. Use liners with third-party certification.
  • Train Employees: Train employees on proper equipment use and correct cleaning procedures to reduce cost and improve safety.

If you need to meet the requirements of LEED Certification, we can help. If you need to switch your entire program tomorrow or take the first step, we can help.

Please contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant or visit our website to learn more about the following services:

  • Greensafe cleaning program including site surveys, consultation, and product selection
  • Cleaning chemical dilution-control systems with third-party certified products
  • EcoLogo, Safer Choice, Green Seal, UL Certified, and EPA Compliant product offerings from major manufacturers
  • Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label Certified equipment from major equipment manufacturers
  • Complete custodial green cleaning training programs

Designing a G.O.A.T. – How to Achieve a Best-in-Class Team

By Vickie Holland

Selecting a G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) is one of my favorite things to debate with my husband. We use the term “G.O.A.T” to argue and defend our favorite movies (Ocean’s 11- his pick), football players (Peyton Manning- my pick), or football team (’85 Bears- DUH!).

You may disagree with us on any of these except for the ’85 Bears. They were amazing! They excelled in both defense (64 sacks in a season) and the exciting pairing of Payton/McMahon. Even this Eagles fan must hand them the title of G.O.A.T.

What if your work team was measured up against other teams? Would you consider your team the G.O.A.T. or still a KID (aka baby goat)? With a little direction you could have the G.O.A.T. team.  Here are 4 steps to help you achieve your best in class team.

#1- HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

In Ocean’s 11, Brad Pitt and George Clooney put together a team to simultaneously rip off 3 Vegas casinos. Their team includes a pickpocket, a computer hacker, and an acrobat. By selecting team members with different but needed skill sets they were successful. When hiring, look for people who bring new talents and skills to your team. If you have a team that is afraid to embrace technology hire a new person that loves to learn new things. If your team works quickly but often misses key things, hire someone who pays attention to details.

#2- CREATE A POSITIVE CULTURE

As I said, I am wild about Peyton Manning. His ability to lead 2 different teams to Super Bowl Championships proves he brings a winning attitude to all situations. As a leader, do you have a positive attitude? Do you encourage teamwork? How does your team describe you? Fun? Fair? Organized? Respectful? A positive culture starts at the top and trickles down. Lead by example and be mindful of any bullying.

#3- CONTINUOUS TRAINING

Does your training program stop a few weeks after hiring? Professional athletes know the importance in keeping their skills sharp (Spring Training/Preseason Camps). Are new employees the only team members receiving any training? Continuing to train and develop your employees has many benefits including lower turnover rate and reduced your overall costs. Training increases learning. It is also a great way for your team to adopt new methods or technology. Continuous training shows your team you’re invested in their success.

#4- REWARD & RECOGNITION

Recognizing the good work of employees is the easiest way to acknowledge their value and show respect.  It will not only make their day it will make you feel good too! Having an employee recognition program in place is a great reward! Recognize people on their milestone work anniversary and their birthday to show your appreciation. Employees who feel appreciated and know they are being acknowledged perform better.

A simple “thank you” can go a long way and is free! Who doesn’t like positive feedback and reinforcement of a job “well done”?

 Imperial Dade also offers free training programs to customers. Contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant or visit http://www.imperialdade.com for a location near you.

Great Training Leads to Janitor Pride

By Jennifer Jaworski

Have you thought about the impact a janitor has on a building? Properly trained janitors keep your occupants and visitors healthy with the work they do. Producing a successful cleaning operation starts with the supervisor and/or trainer. This is where your janitorial staff looks for guidance and leadership within their position. Here are some ideas to increase janitor pride in your workplace.

Properly Train Janitors

It’s important to take enough time to train correctly, including explaining all safety precautions. Give examples and answer all questions when they arise. We all know training can become repetitive and unexciting – find ways to make it interactive and fun. Additional materials should be available for staff to review on their own.

Promote Green Cleaning

The key to green cleaning success is training your janitorial staff to use effective cleaning methods that reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability. By including various resources that combine traditional approaches with new tools and practices, you can ensure that janitorial operations will be effective. Green cleaning products have also been proven to be safer for your janitors as they have fewer chemical sensitivities.

Improve Productivity

Building strong staff skills doesn’t stop after your training programs are complete. Encourage janitors to continue developing their expertise and show your appreciation for those who shine in their work. Trainers can increase the self-esteem of their janitors, leading to the improvement of cleaning quality and productivity.

Imperial Dade can help you design a training program for your cleaning staff. Contact your representative today or visit us at http://www.ImperialDade.com for a location near you. 

 

 

6 Benefits of an Ongoing Training & Development Program

By Vickie Holland

The need to train new employees is obvious. New employees need to learn your company’s procedures and policies. Does your training program stop a few weeks after hiring? Are new employees the only team members receiving any training? Continuing to train and develop your employees has many benefits including lower turnover rate and reducing your overall costs.

We pulled together this list on why establishing an on-going training and development program for your team is important to both you and your employees.

    1. REDUCES EMPLOYEE TURNOVER   A recent survey by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) states the average cost per hire for a company is $4,129 and it takes 42 days to fill an open position. Investing in employee training makes the employee feel valued. Valued employees are happier, tend to contribute more and are less likely to look elsewhere for employment.
    2. REDUCES OVERALL COSTS In addition to saving on hiring costs, training promotes consistency throughout the organization leading to increases in efficiency and improved performance.
    3. IMPROVES PERFORMANCE Training increases learning. This is a great way for your team to adopt new methods or technology.
    4. PROMOTES TEAMWORK Cross-training skills across your staff helps when employees are absent or on vacation. Consistency across your team leads to teamwork, improved performance and cost reduction.
    5. INCREASES JOB SATISFACTION Investing in employee’s professional growth keeps employees engaged and motivated.
    6. IMPROVES SAFETY AND WELLNESS Establishing correct procedures, creating awareness and confirming all employees are following your standards will promote safety throughout your organization. Proper techniques, such as correct procedure on lifting heavy objects or wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will help ensure employee well-being. 

Good companies have good employees. Exceptional companies have well trained employees.

A WELL TRAINED STAFF IMPROVES CUSTOMER SATISFACTION!

Imperial Dade also offers free training programs to customers. Contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant or visit http://www.imperialdade.com for a location near you.