Hays releases facilities management salary guide

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Employers will transition away from higher levels of temporary and contract roles back to more permanent positions in the year ahead, but recruiting experts Hays Facilities Management warns FM professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period.

Aligning business values and the benefits of good occupational health and safety

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Safe and healthy working conditions enhance productivity and reduce costs. This maxim may be obvious to a layperson, but when it comes to business owners, they often end up ignoring it, much to their own peril.

Many a times, business owners, senior and middle management, get blinded by the costs of implementing better working conditions for their people that they are unable to see the benefits that come from a safer workplace with lower injury costs, higher productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved staff retention and much more.

Cost-efficient green energy and storage for facilities in remote locations

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Solar energy cells have achieved enormous efficiency gains in recent years, converting in research a world record 46 per cent of sunlight being generated into electricity.

And even if you can’t buy such advanced photovoltaics off the shelf just yet, there are mighty advances already taking place out in the field where high-efficiency solar arrays are making green energy far more economically sustainable than ever before.

Benefits of paperless compliance application

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Diligent inspections and routine maintenance are global necessities and the fundamentals of safety and compliance in the workplace. Implementation of a digital or electronic inspection work-flow can contribute to the overall safety compliance of an organisation and, by extension, the mitigation of workplace injury. 

Is your business losing money to workplace fatigue?

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Fatigue is a common problem in the facilities management industry. Yet, many companies are failing to recognise workplace fatigue as a critical business risk and cost.  Increasing pressure to perform and a ‘do more with less’ attitude means that fatigue is a growing problem for facility workers.

Evolution of the psychosocially healthy, productive workplace

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A critical review of the current but rapidly changing state of the workplace, in all its physical, virtual and connected forms, is needed. Of particular interest is the make-up of both the psychosocially healthy and productive environment, given the impact of a constant drive for cost-effective physical and virtual spaces that must simultaneously marry with usability issues and employee attraction for more flexible and healthier working conditions.

Coles gains certification for first sustainable supermarket

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Coles has achieved the first Green Star rating for a supermarket, with Coles Hallam in south east Melbourne awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). “Coles was determined to develop a ‘supermarket of the future’ – and in doing so, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supermarket design in Australia,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.

BIM: A boost for Christchurch in post-earthquake rebuild

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Building Information Modelling, better known as BIM, is the future of the construction industry. In basic terms, using BIM, a building is digitally designed from the ground up in three dimensions (3D). The major players – contractors and designers, architects and engineers – work using one data platform, one common language, one 3D design.

How safe is your carpark facility?

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Car parks are often unassuming facilities, but they can be hazardous environments due to a high level of vehicle and pedestrian activity and thus must be managed with extreme care.

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Fire detection systems for high-risk facilities

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In many countries, solid household waste is now being collected and carried to waste incineration plants, rather than being dumped directly in a landfill site. The waste is stored in so-called waste bunkers or transfer stations until it can be destroyed. These waste bunkers can contain thousands of metric tons of solid waste which is potentially self-combustible and subject to fire. Self-combustion, (heat development due to pressure) and spontaneous chemical reactions between the disposals and methane gas-building are all potential fire creators and concerns at these plants.

Gainsborough boosts warehouse efficiency with voice solutions

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Gainsborough Hardware Industries (GHI) is an Australian company founded in 1967 that forms part of the Door & Access Systems division for the GWA Group. The company integrated Honeywell’s Vocollect voice solutions to improve efficiency, accuracy and visibility in its warehouses.

Integrated facility services deliver value and savings to the bottom line

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Companies are looking at their facility assets and services with an increasingly strategic point of view, and are looking for ways to focus their resources on their company’s core mission and values. Senior leaders are exploring ways to leverage their facility assets and services to support and even enhance their core business while minimising their costs.

Technology is not the biggest security problem, people are

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There is a common misconception that technology poses the biggest security risk to business, but it is just one part of the problem. Often, companies leave themselves vulnerable to information breaches despite technology, but there are ways to lessen the risk.

Security Expo 2015 in Melbourne, one week to go

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With just about a week to go until the event, which returns to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from July 15 to July 17, Security 2015 Event Manager, Alanna Phillips, encouraged anyone looking for an edge in the industry to register now or risk falling behind on the latest business security solutions. 

ABW, modern workplaces, and challenges for facility managers

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Activity based working (ABW) has moved from being a buzzword to becoming a must-have. Most recently, Medibank’s new headquarters at 720 Bourke Street, unofficially Melbourne’s latest landmark, has shown the industry how a well-planned and executed ABW fitout can benefit building occupants and avoid the issues that usually accompany collaborative spaces – niggles around cleanliness, noise and the use of common areas.

Boost building performance by making data work for you

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Data collection and information management can work for your business and improve your facility’s efficiency on multiple fronts.  Like all other support services, the facility management service needs to be agile, flexible and aligned to the dynamic changes in the organisation they operate in.

Electricity emissions still going up and demand is also increasing

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The latest carbon emissions index (Cedex®) Update by pitt&sherry has revealed that the carbon price had very little direct effect on demand for electricity, but a very big effect on emissions from the generators supplying demand.  However, removal of the carbon price may be one factor supporting a return to increasing demand, for the first time in five years.

Can ‘old' buildings be just as energy-efficient as new ones?

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Heritage buildings can compete with modern buildings in terms of sustainable energy efficiency. Various options are available to building operators of older buildings – replacing heating, air-conditioning, lighting systems and even upgrading elevators with access and destination control technology.

Winter pest prevention tips

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It may be cold outside but pest prevention still is key.  Many insects and rodents are still able to thrive and build their populations despite the winter weather, thus creating a load of problems when the weather starts warming up.  Here’s a list of the most resilient winter pests and the best ways to prevent them.

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Rubbermaid launches new BRUTE refuse bins

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) announces the launch of vented BRUTE refuse containers, combining the durability of BRUTE containers with venting and cinching technology and improved ergonomics.

Honeywell expands ANZ reseller network

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Honeywell has expanded its Australian and New Zealand reseller network by 34 percent in 2015, expanding the reach of industry-leading scanning and mobility solutions to customers in the collection and delivery, healthcare, field workforce, ports, postal and retail sectors.

Telstra talks digital signage at Integrate 2015

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Telstra will discuss the strategy behind its impressive new centrepiece and AV system at its George Street Sydney store, plus the benefits of digital integration to enhance the customer experience at this year’s Integrate Speaker Series, held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from August 25 to August 27.

Security Expo 2015 leads with cutting edge next-generation products

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Held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre last week, the 30th annual edition of the event hosted over 240 brands from 140 exhibiting companies. The Security Best New Products Awards were judged by a panel of leading security experts including the National Security Director of Thales Australia & New Zealand, Jason Brown.

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Facility Management is proud to present its Annual Software Guide for 2015, offering readers the most comprehensive overview of software products and suppliers in Australasia’s facilities management sector.

Waste efficiency soon to be a reality in Sydney's new guidelines

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The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) — a City of Sydney initiative in collaboration with Foresight Environmental – has developed and launched Operational Waste Guidelines to help building owners, property managers and waste companies to work more effectively using a standard across their portfolios.

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Tackling university demands with Tork

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Trying to get a coffee, an elevator or a toilet at twenty past the hour at any university is quite a challenge as lectures and tutorials change over and thousands of students place sudden demands on services, particularly bathrooms. For many years, Deakin University have been using high capacity, reliable Tork products to make sure their… Read more »