Training on the Job

Training on the Job


Starting a new job always requires a period of training and adjustment. There are company rules, standards, and processes to learn; names of new colleagues to memorize; and the pressure of becoming familiar, and then proficient, with regular day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

No matter the job, training is always a part of acclimating to a new place of employment. Without it, learning the responsibilities of a new position can feel stressful and muddled, and sometimes, a lack of training can even drive employees to the door.

Twenty-two percent of adult workers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder said they were dissatisfied with training and learning opportunities at their places of employment. In fact, it’s leading some of them to search for new jobs in 2015. Numbers like these demonstrate just how important training is when it comes to not only our job satisfaction, but a company’s ability to retain valuable staff.

This month’s issue of Cleaning and Maintenance Management (CMM) covers training from a variety of angles. Our cover story tackles the importance of training cleaning crews and facilities managers on how to comply with new regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We also provide an overview of how to create an effective training program for cleaning staff that will ensure long-term results in addition to a step-by-step approach to pest control training.

As CMM’s new managing editor, I have spent the past several weeks tackling the challenges that often accompany starting a new job. While I’m not new to the magazine publishing industry, I am new to the world of commercial cleaning and facilities management, so subject-matter training and learning about industry trends that are valuable to our readers has been extremely important. Without the proper training and opportunities to learn from my colleagues, pulling this issue together would have been impossible.

As this issue of CMM goes to press, training will continue to be a priority for me as I make plans to attend two workshops hosted by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Attending these workshops will allow me to better understand the CMM community and the daily challenges our readers face in their jobs. Additionally, they will help me to deliver the type of quality content you are used to seeing in your monthly magazine and hopefully generate some new content ideas that are useful and refreshing to readers across the industry.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the CMM community. I look forward to learning with you in the months ahead.


Posted On March 12, 2015

Kelly Zimmerman

Managing Editor, CMM

Kelly Zimmerman is the managing editor of Cleaning & Maintenance Management. She has experience managing industry-specific content for print and digital formats. She holds a master of science in journalism from Northwestern University. Kelly can be reached at

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