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Erin Brereton

Erin Brereton

Chicago-Based Freelance Writer, Editor, and Marketing Consultant

Erin Brereton is a Chicago-based freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant who has written about the cleaning industry; business and finance; and other topics for the Chicago Tribune, trade magazines, and other publications.


Articles by Erin Brereton

Dollar signs across a digital map
March 19, 2019 Erin Brereton

Managing Minimum Wage Increases Across State Lines

Business and Management

New hourly pay requirements across the United States have created daunting scenarios for cleaning providers with operations in more than one area

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employee reading handbook
May 29, 2018 Erin Brereton

Employee Handbook 101

Business and Management

An employee handbook can be a valuable asset, providing protection for both employees and their organizations. Here are basic principles and policies you will want to make sure to include.

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Making the Most of Multigenerational Talent
October 3, 2017 Erin Brereton

Making the Most of Multigenerational Talent

Business and Management

Commercial cleaning providers could find themselves employing five generations of workers at the same time. Here's how to manage.

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Rethinking Restroom Water Use
November 18, 2016 Erin Brereton

Rethinking Restroom Water Use

Facility Management

Cleaning providers need to walk a fine line between using enough water to produce an undeniably sanitary, radiant restroom and wasting a sizeable amount of both a natural resource and money.

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Five Culinary Cleaning Issues to Avoid
October 7, 2016 Erin Brereton

Five Culinary Cleaning Issues to Avoid

Health and Safety

With the risk of trips and drips, and the chance of things catching on fire, commercial kitchens can be a hazardous place to work—and a challenging area to maintain.

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The State of HAI Prevention
August 22, 2016 Erin Brereton

The State of HAI Prevention

Infection Control

CDC data published earlier this year showed hospitals and other health care facilities have made notable progress toward the infection prevention goals a federal committee set in 2009.

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Lessening Liability
May 23, 2016 Erin Brereton

Lessening Liability

Health and Safety

Whether an operation is based within the facility it maintains or is an outside contracting company that cleans dozens of client office buildings, commercial cleaning providers—like most other service providers—need to proactively protect themselves.

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Holding On to Millennial Employees
April 5, 2016 Erin Brereton

Holding On to Millennial Employees

Business and Management

Holding on to millennial staff members can be a challenge, as 58 percent plan to stay in their jobs less than three years.

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When the Client Wants a Miracle
March 30, 2016 Erin Brereton

When the Client Wants a Miracle

Business and Management

Client requests may not line up with reality. However, while you can’t prevent challenging client demands, the way you respond to them can determine the outcome clients expect—and potentially make or break your business relationship.

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Hiring the Next Generation
March 2, 2016 Erin Brereton

Hiring the Next Generation

Business and Management

To successfully hire millennial employees, commercial cleaning service providers will need to understand what amenities, outreach efforts, and schedules generation members want—and what training and career development they’ll need.

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Air duct cleaning
November 24, 2015 Erin Brereton

Add-On Services that Can Have a Phenomenal Effect

Business and Management

It's possible to add specialized services for your clients without blowing your budget in the process.

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Restroom Trends You’ll See Next Year (and Beyond)
September 3, 2015 Erin Brereton

Restroom Trends You’ll See Next Year (and Beyond)

Restrooms

Find out what commercial restroom trends are on the horizon—and how they stand to change the methods, training, and tools many building maintenance providers currently use.

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