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If you  are a campus administrator or facilities manager, your concerns about student safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues is understandable and warranted. When building out a plan for campus reopening, The Budd Group is a valuable partner. We're working with Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) to help them prepare for student arrival this fall with thorough deep cleaning and building disinfection protocols in place. Residence Director Matthew Thorpe and Campus Safety Coordinator Adam...

When it comes to maintaining a commercial or residential property, building maintenance is only part of the battle -- your exterior greenery cannot be ignored. Indeed, the state of your landscape relates to the rest of your property. A neglected lawn can turn away customers and tenants and lead to environmental problems as well. While proper landscaping encompasses several duties and systems, irrigation is perhaps the most significant among them. That said, irrigation can be a complex subject in...

The Citadel

The Budd Group is committed to keeping Charleston, SC safe during the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19. We're honored that The Citadel has trusted us with their Coronavirus disinfection and campus safety needs. “Every weeknight we’ve got disinfection teams that are going to deploy across campus and what they’re really targeting is all the heavy traffic areas and specifically classrooms,” said Jeff Lamberson, VP of Facilities and Engineering at The Citadel. In addition, ...

Remaining calm in a dangerous situation - The Budd Group

Tough day at work? Unsure about the future and what will happen? These survivalist traits will help you keep your calm AND could save your life The skills you’ve acquired and gear in your pack are often the difference in making it through a life and death situation. But you first need the mental fortitude to survive. Without the drive to survive—and a strong mindset—no piece of gear will save you. The most important tool to bring along is mental toughness. Having a survivalist mentality...

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New research shows that vitamin D, and specifically D3, might help lower your risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Humans evolved spending most of their time outside in a sunny environment. Today, however, we've become largely indoor mammals that usually cover up when we venture outside. Even when we sit on a beach, we usually slather ourselves with sunscreen. That lack of sun exposure means that our bodies synthesize less vitamin D than our distant ancestors did, a condition t...

Many businesses have been waiting months to open their doors back up since the COVID-19 pandemic began -- but now that many regions have begun to reopen, these businesses face a new challenge: remaining open in a delicate situation. While the rules for reopening vary from place to place, if you want your business to stay open during this time you must abide by the regulations relevant to your organization and community. Failing to do so may result in some Departments of Public Health temporarily...

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Though the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been raging for months, we are all still in uncharted territory. Health experts are doing their best to track the virus’ spread and learn more about it, but there are no clear-cut answers as of yet. Meanwhile, business owners and workers eagerly await a return to normalcy.  Fortunately, many regions in the U.S. have begun to allow various kinds of businesses and offices to reopen in some capacity, and it probably won’t be long until most busine...

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Don't sweat the small stuff. Relax your mind and body with these strategies. Stay consistent with your workouts, even when traveling.  One way to do it? Research what equipment will be available at your hotel and create a program tailored to the facility, advises Julie Bonnett, Oxygen fitness model and physique consultant in Winnipeg, Canada. You can also plan several jogging routes before you arrive so you can exercise while exploring your surroundings. Stretch during your warm...

If your business has been in stasis for the past few months due to the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, you probably cannot wait to get back up and running. Indeed, the survival of your business may depend on reopening as soon as possible. And while many regions have begun to allow businesses to open back up in some capacity, this doesn’t mean you can or should jump in headfirst -- rather, you must ask yourself if your business can practically, financially, and safely reopen at this time. Many fa...

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Transitioning from a traditional office or job site to your living room takes time to perfect. Your home office is rife with distractions and booby traps: TV, pets, kids, and, yes, that 55-ounce container of peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets. I started working from home about six months ago and there are still some things I find quite difficult. If you’ve recently found yourself in a remote working situation, you may be having a hard time, too. So let’s learn from the experts: some ...

The Budd Group pandemic reopening checklist

Is your workplace preparing to reopen? Before you dive back into business as usual, understand that COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 is still a public health threat and that all businesses and individuals must continue to do their part to prevent the spread of this virus. If you want to keep yourself, your employees, and your customers/guests safe and healthy, you’ll have to be strategic and cautious in your approach to reopening. Here are 10 crucial items to include in your office reopening checklist. ...

Cultivating a positive and productive workplace is a multi-faceted effort. And in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, businesses must factor employee sentiment into this equation even more than usual. The fact is, everyone is responding to these recent developments differently, so even if your business is allowed to open back up, there’s no guarantee that all of your employees will feel comfortable returning to work. Of course, your operations depend on your people’s pa...

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