Building Engines Blog | Melanie Sidman
Over half of the population uses Facebook and more than 37% use Twitter. Compare this to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, of whom only 7.6% are on Facebook and even fewer – 4% – use Twitter. The C Suite is known for being bombarded with communication and pressed for time, but the data shows that those who take some time to foster those lines of online communication are enabling their companies to positively engage with customers, prospects and employees.
According to Michael Crowley in his article Handheld Computing Devices Improve Managing Work-Order Data, what businesses were not planning for, however, was for handhelds to merely speed up the collection of poor-quality work-order and asset data collection. Even then, data was only coming to the companies who were using handhelds regularly.
I like to blog about CRE. If I didn’t like to write (read: ramble, rant and rave) about building operations, property management and the state of the industry, you wouldn’t be reading this post right now. Besides enjoying the click-clack of the keyboard and the progression of thought to tangible type, I blog for another reason – because it’s advantageous. I’m a blogger with benefits.
Another type of relationship is with your vendors. Making sure your vendor is top of the line is the first step in your blossoming relationship that cannot be overlooked. In these rapports, mystery loses its allure. According to a Buildings magazine article, Vet Your Vendors: Screening Steps to Ensure Your Vendor Is Top Notch, “more than 80 percent of companies conduct formal background checks on their full-time employees, but less than 20 percent do any type of screening of their vendors, supplies, and contractors.”
According to an article in Buildings Magazine, Where America Goes to Work, the commercial real estate industry offers a significant contribution to the the U.S. economy.
Your company may not have the “fierce five” somersaulting down the halls or Ryan Lochte’s unmistakable American flag mouth piece glinting in the cubicle across from you, but that doesn’t mean your risk management can’t be world class too.
These days it seems like social media is everywhere you look (to those who disagree, perhaps you find yourself only looking at sand?). Last week’s Realcomm conference in Las Vegas was no exception. Professionals from the corners of commercial, corporate, institutional and government real estate gathered in Sin City to… tweet! As we explored the latest and greatest in technology in the real estate industry, we didn’t forget to use it!
Here’s a sampling of the recent overflow of trending tweets during the conference:
Everyone loves a good meme! Meme Noun: An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, esp. imitation. An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another. Since the rise of the meme’s popularity, it seems like all of the […]
When you think of social media, do you picture Facebook, Twitter and millions of young people posting updates on their lives such as: “Score! Just watched my 15th episode of SVU in a row…” While this obviously happens more often than not, social media is also a constant supplier of the latest and greatest in the world of CRE. Don’t believe me? Here’s three examples of CRE masters who whipped up social media tools into a lasso for tenants and investors:
Those who sat through Latin class will know that the reason this historic eruption is renowned is that the same elements that wiped out most of the city also preserved it for thousands of years underground. When people discovered this site around 200 years ago, they unknowingly began to destroy the city again. According to recent Departures.com article, damage due to the elements, tourists and poorly funded preservation have left the city in shambles once more.
Even with all of these problems, the most important point of preservation for the city right now is basic maintenance (weed pulling, patching, draining). The current re-destruction of Pompeii accentuates the value of preventive maintenance.
According to a recent article from BUILDINGS, “Facilities Management Plays Key Role in Employee Satisfaction,” facilities management plays a vital (that’s right, vital) role in workplace performance. What this means is that the general upkeep of the workplace greatly influences one’s productivity, employee engagement, and job satisfaction. Have you ever felt dissatisfied with your job? Did you ever think this might have something to do with your light fixtures?