CMM Weekly News Recap—May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

As a facility manager and professional cleaner, your job improves the quality of life for your building’s occupants. A new study found that the temperature you keep the facility can impact workers’ productivity, especially women’s productivity.

Researchers in Berlin, Germany, tested men and women on a set of math, verbal, and cognitive reflection problems at temperatures between 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16.19 degrees Celsius) and 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32.57 degrees Celsius). By increasing room temperature by one degree Celsius, women experienced a 1.76% increase in the number of math questions they solved correctly. In comparison, men submitted 0.63% fewer correct answers with each one-degree temperature increase.

Employers also have a hand in helping workers prevent burnout, which is now recognized as a medical diagnosis. Burnout symptoms include feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion and reduced professional efficacy.

CMM promotes five steps to help your staff avoid burnout and experience workplace success, such as developing positive relationships with career mentors and making time for friends and family outside of work.

The state of California is considering legislation that will markedly improve the well-being of low-income workers. A bill is pending in the Senate to give workers 100% of their wages when on family leave, rather than the program's current 60% or 70%. The bill’s supporters say it will enable more low-income workers to take paid family leave without facing financial problems. California would be the first state in the nation to guarantee full income replacement during family and medical leave if the bill becomes law.


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