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Using devices to monitor and analyze workplace mental health. Viable or unsettling?

Using devices to monitor and analyze workplace mental health. Viable or unsettling?

It might just be both. The conventional advice to a stressed out, teched outed person is to disconnect from their computer, phone, tablet, and smartwatch in order to find their “happy place” again. But with our increasing attachment to these devices in both a personal and professional capacity, will that advice only add to someone’s anxiety? Not only that, more and more app developers are taking advantages of our connectedness to help diagnose, track, and manage our mental well-being. Kind…

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APIs: the ever-growing importance of connecting your isolated data sources

APIs: the ever-growing importance of connecting your isolated data sources

It’s not enough anymore to simply gather data, or even provide metrics based on that data. Why? Because there are so many isolated data sources created by the growing number of both consumer and business applications, the goal is now to make sense of it all as whole. Enter the API. APIs (application programming interfaces) are sets of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components such as web-based systems, operating systems, database systems, computer hardware etc. They are the tools that allow…

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Your 5-Minute ‘Food for Thought’ Coffee Break: How to take on digital transformation in your facility

Your 5-Minute ‘Food for Thought’ Coffee Break: How to take on digital transformation in your facility

There is so much buzz surrounding the importance of emerging technology, it can be overwhelming. Is an overarching tech upgrade to your facility necessary or even viable? Where do you start? How do you gain acceptance and begin the process? What should your expectations be? An article recently published in Facility Executive called “Preparing Facilities For The Inevitable Digital Transformation” does a good job of breaking down the most salient components to understanding all the trendy talk and information floating…

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CA school district proves big savings is just an electricity audit away

CA school district proves big savings is just an electricity audit away

If you’ve ever wondered what you could gain from assessing your electricity consumption, this might be the story that pushes you to act. A CA-based school district called Escalon Unified did just that and is now celebrating a district-wide energy program that is set to save “$15.3 million in energy savings over the program lifetime, 1,628 metric tons of CO2 emission offset in the program’s first year (the equivalent to removing 349 cars from the road), and an 85% reduction…

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The Difference Between Property Management and Facility Management

The Difference Between Property Management and Facility Management

The more we delve into the FM world, the more we realize the intricacies and nuance inherent in the industry. This week I took a closer look at Property Management and Facility Management. Of course, there are many perspectives on what defines each role, but one logical differentiation that stood out to me was that Property Managers oversee buildings that are an asset to its owner and generate revenue while Facility Managers oversee buildings that don’t directly generate revenue. From…

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FM 2 FM: A Virtual Sit-down with Facilities Subject Matter Expert Jon Burke

FM 2 FM: A Virtual Sit-down with Facilities Subject Matter Expert Jon Burke

SCLogic was fortunate enough to learn about Jon Burke via our amazing VP of Marketing, Ashley Cleveland. Mr. Burke is a distant relative by marriage, so she affectionately refers to him as “Uncle Jon” or “Non-Uncle Jon” as the actual case may be. Precise familial ties aside, Mr. Burke is the Facilities Subject Matter Expert for a major electronics company, so we were excited that he agreed to talk to us about his life in Facility Management, as well as…

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The Robots Are Coming…No Wait, They’re Already Here. So, What Should We DO with Them?

The Robots Are Coming…No Wait, They’re Already Here. So, What Should We DO with Them?

Ryan W. Buell, an Associate Professor of Service Management in the Tech and Ops Management unit at the Harvard Business School, just published an article that discusses the increasing use of advanced robotic automation technology in our everyday lives. However, he doesn’t just illustrate the expanding number of use cases, he examines how people want automation to enrich their lives and to what degrees. It brings the adage, “just because we can, doesn’t mean we should” to a whole new…

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Sustainability…not just another hokey green theme

Sustainability…not just another hokey green theme

It shouldn’t be any secret that sustainable practices in the workplace are beneficial for the environment and community, but you may or may not know that wearing the green halo can also benefit your company. This is a great time for facility managers to show leadership by bringing ideas that can reduce operational costs and demonstrate a desire to put the company in the best light possible. Last week I attended a lunch and learn hosted by IFMA’s Capital Chapter…

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