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Increasing employee productivity is one of the most critical goals in business and remains a high priority for facility managers. High-performing and innovative employees are the cornerstone of a successful company. That is why it’s important to keep employees happy and healthy! In fact, a study from the Health Enhancement Research Organization found that healthy employees are 25% more likely to have better job performance.
As the focus on productivity increases, so does the screen time of employees – averaging more than five hours a day. Negative side effects of this screen time on vision and ocular health can impede productivity. According to The Vision Council, an independent authority in the optical industry, 65% of Americans report symptoms of digital eye strain, including headaches, tiredness, and dry eye – all proven to inhibit efficiency.
Facility managers and owners can prevent these negative side effects and maximize employee efficiency by encouraging occupants to follow these tips:
You can follow the above tips in order to improve employee performance and increase overall company productivity. By doing so, you’ll ensure additional success in your business and happiness among tenants of your building.
Dr. Beatty is an optometrist and vice president of professional services at MyEyeDr., he can be reached at email@example.com.
Pest birds such as pigeons, crows, geese, and ducks can wreak havoc on businesses, costing them money, productivity, health hazards, and customers. Bird droppings not only damage buildings and equipment, they increase a company’s liability and health risks. Birds and bird droppings can carry more than 60 transmittable diseases, like West Nile virus, salmonella and E. coli, and parasites such as ticks, fleas and lice. Birds build nests in vents and chimneys, posing a fire hazard as well as compromising government and safety inspections. They’re a headache for a company’s bottom line, its employees, and its customers.
The ongoing process of cleaning up after birds requires labor, time, and resources. Eliminate the problem in a way that is cost-effective, humane, and eco-friendly by creating a bird management program. Devising a plan that eradicates pest birds benefits businesses, organizations, and building professionals by greatly reducing or eliminating cleanup costs and all the risk factors associated with these birds.
Create a Bird Management Program
Whether you create a bird management program in-house or use a pest management company, you will need to tailor a program to your business (considering its size and location), devise protocols and procedures, and educate your employees.
Electronically retain all documents and service tickets related to your plan. Sighting documentation should include areas affected, type(s) of birds, and dates and times of sightings. Include measures taken to address the problem.
Hold and document safety training sessions for your employees that include the following:
Strategies for Preventing Bird Infestations
Pest-bird management suppliers offer a wide array of options to eliminate bird problems. Choose products based on the size of your building, location, environmental factors, exterior and interior areas, and budget. Whether you’re in an office complex in a city, a large warehouse, or areas partially exposed to the outdoors, there’s a solution that can work for your building.
Spikes prevent birds from landing on surfaces without harming them. Netting safely blocks birds from entering places they are not welcome. Gels and taste aversions are an invisible way to protect surfaces like grass, signs, pavement, and building ledges from unwanted bird gatherings.
Before installing any products, be sure to thoroughly clean the area, and dispose of all bird droppings and feathers. Use a strong cleaning agent to remove the scent and remove nests of common pest birds, such as pigeons.
*Note: do not remove nests of other species before checking if it is permitted by law. Follow the protocol mentioned above in “Ongoing Procedures” for safe removal.
Why Use Eco-Friendly and Humane Products
These options can be effective without the possibility of exposing employees, customers, and neighbors to toxic chemicals. They’re designated as such because they’re less harmful to the environment and its inhabitants. Eco-friendly products typically either physically restrict access or discourage pests from being in treated areas rather than killing them.
Consider Structural Characteristics When Choosing Pest Management Products
When you are faced with the task of choosing which pest management products to use for your business or facility, there are a few characteristics of your building structure you need to consider aside from the obvious windows and doors. There are other entryways into your building of which you may not be aware:
Older structures may be more susceptible to fowl entry due to poor construction or well-aged materials. Be sure not to put off any repairs your building may require – the more you delay these necessary repairs, the more likely you are to develop a pest problem. You also want to invest in products to prevent birds from nesting in your gutters, trusses, and other exterior building features. Their presence will not only damage the exterior of your building, but it may deter potential customers as well.
Creating and maintaining a bird management program takes time and effort. But the results are well worth it. Keeping your business pest-free eliminates health risks, keeps employees and customers happy, and benefits your bottom line.
Ellen Borza is the content developer for Bird-X, the leading brand of humane pest and bird control products. Bird-X continues to develop unique pest control solutions that are safe, humane, and eco-friendly for commercial and residential clients. For more information, please visit http://www.bird-x.com.