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While some students may be naturally more driven or gifted than others in certain areas, no student can reach their full potential if they’re in an inadequate learning environment. Conversely, optimal school conditions help all students thrive, regardless of their unique abilities and shortcomings. Many factors contribute to these conditions, of course, such as the quality and care of teachers and faculty. Beyond these less tangible considerations, though, the material conditions of a school (...

The holiday shopping season is now upon us. And while this annual occurrence won’t look quite like it has in previous years due to this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, business owners must still prepare for the ensuing boost in foot traffic. This increase in retail activity always poses numerous challenges for high traffic shopping centers. Not only must these businesses keep up with demand and meet each customer’s needs -- they must also maintain the beauty, integrity, and cleanliness of their ...

When we think about industrial floors, our minds often turn to cold, hard concrete -- indeed, plenty of industrial settings are outfitted with sealed concrete floors to guard against impact, chemical spills, and other hazards. However, carpeting has a place in industrial facilities as well, especially publicly-facing areas, offices, hallways, and more. In addition to enhancing a workplace’s aesthetic appeal, industrial and commercial carpets increase safety by providing a high-friction surface...

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In a very short time, the average person—and not just here in America—has learned a lot about self-protection to stay well. Social distancing, washing hands, and even self-isolation when we’re sick all play key roles in preventing the spread of novel diseases. And because you read this magazine, I’m guessing you’re pretty well-versed in the supplements and herbs that can bolster your immunity, such as vitamins C and D, zinc, and medicinal mushrooms. But are you also optimizing your ...

Whether it’s a blizzard, tropical storm, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc., it’s no secret that most natural disasters make a mess. And while the severity and nature of this mess will depend on the location, strength, and type of event, even mild to moderate natural disasters can have a major impact on a facility’s operations and structural integrity. Moisture tends to rear its head following any type of natural disaster, due to broken pipes, flooding, melted ice, shifts in the ground, ...

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No matter what industry you’re in, your facility’s ongoing efficiency and operation depend on a network of interconnected functions. No detail can get left out of this equation. If, for instance, your workplace doesn’t promote health and wellness, your business might incur a host of sick days and customer complaints; if your plumbing systems are neglected, you might waste thousands upon thousands of dollars in energy costs; the list goes on. Of course, keeping an eye on these various detai...

The Budd Group cleaning services for COVID-19 and the flu

In a recent blog, we discussed what some are calling the 2020 “twindemic” in reference to the dual threat of seasonal influenza and this year’s novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As ominous as this label and reality may be, however, there is somewhat of a silver lining -- namely, the past 9 months of dealing with COVID-19 has equipped many businesses and individuals to better face any and all of winter’s common contagious diseases, including the flu and this recent pandemic. Most of ...

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Finding the best talent and keeping these employees around is one of the most challenging and crucial components of maintaining a successful, productive business. And the larger and more complex your facility is, the less time you’ll have to search for, vet, and train potential candidates. Ultimately, it might make more sense for you to outsource these recruitment services rather than tackle this task in-house. Here at The Budd Group, we have the ability to recruit, vet, hire, and even train s...

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Don’t give up—we have the capacity to find the empathy, compassion and resilience we need to get through this. As the parents of two school-aged children, my wife and I have joined the legions of parents, guardians and other family members across the country who are adapting to the new job title of “educator.” Like many of you, I am learning how to take on this new role while also working from home. Our routines and structures have been upended as our children have shifted from a “...

The winter months pose major challenges for businesses in all industries. In addition to weather-related concerns, flu season is in full force this time of year, and other contagious diseases can also run rampant as people huddle indoors for extended periods of time. Add a global pandemic into this mix, (COVID-19) and the upcoming winter might look more and more like a disaster waiting to happen. However, there are several precautions businesses can take to keep their people safe, healthy, and p...

There is no greater liability than a hazardous workplace. If you can’t ensure the safety of your employees, guests, and customers, your business will struggle to survive. For one thing, an unsafe workplace is anything but productive. More importantly, though, you may face penalties and fines, a decrease in worker morale, a ruined reputation, etc., if you fail to prioritize safety above all else. And during such a turbulent year (2020), establishing a strong commitment to workplace health and s...

While the past several months of lockdowns, restrictions, lay-offs, and uncertainty have exhausted everyone, the COVID-19 pandemic has not negated the threat of other illnesses. Unfortunately, influenza is still a risk, and businesses everywhere will need to stay on high alert for this seasonal contagious contender. The average flu season begins in October and subsides by April, reaching its peak between December and February/March when outside temperatures are at their lowest and indoor occupan...

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