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The Maintenance Round-Up: a one-stop source for facility and maintenance news. This time we cover Employee Engagement, Lighting Upgrade, Expensive Cities in North America

Employee Engagement: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters – Software Advice

“Employee engagement” and the success of a business go hand-and-hand. According to Software Advice, “In 2004, Gallup estimated that disengaged workers were costing U.S. businesses a staggering $300 billion a year in productivity losses.” It’s worth asking yourself: are your employees engaged?

Determining Goals Of Lighting Upgrade Can Lead To Different Solution – FacilitiesNet

FacilitiesNet lists some general things to look at when considering a lighting upgrade, which can “improve sales, increase safety, improve flexibility and controllability, justify rent increases, provide marketing opportunities for branding, provide maintenance feedback data, respond to codes and local laws, etc.”

10 Most And Least Expensive Cities In North America – Today’s Facility Manager

Whitestone’s annual Facility Operating Cost Reference includes a study comparing operating and maintenance costs for every major city in North America. This link from Today’s Facility Manager includes a list of the top ten most expensive and least expensive cities (expressed in Office Operation Costs Per Square Foot). Which city do you think is most expensive?

Tying plant design and construction to Lean principles PlantEngineering.com

Plant Engineering interviewed Simon Bennett, a senior product business manager, engineering & design systems at AVEVA. The focus of the discission was on Lean work practices, which is designed to “speed overall project execution and reduce wastage.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Lean model, give this interview a read.

Truman Young

I have a long history working with a variety of CMMS systems to effectively manage facilities, assets, and preventive maintenance. I enjoy sharing information and tips about this interesting field. Share your perspective and insights with me!

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