How To Attract Top Talent to Facility Management Roles

Facility maintenance and facility management are tough roles to find exceptional talent. It takes incredible diligence, accountability, and enthusiasm for a job well done that not all people possess. Oftentimes facility management roles are seen as boring, but nobody is more important in maintaining the excellence of a business than those who care for the building and equipment where the magic happens. 

 

If you’re looking for those few special individuals who understand and care about facility management, you need to recruit using different tactics than you would for other positions. Below are three tips to help you recruit the best maintenance team members for your facility, as well as what to look for in the interview process: 

 

Outline a positive career trajectory

If you’re trying to recruit young talent, offer tangible options for career advancement through a facility management position. By showing the milestones, educational opportunities, and bigger salaries that are possible over the years, you can attract the kind of professionals who are serious about a career in maintenance management.

 

Offer opportunities to collaborate.

Facility management can often be a lonely job, with only the occasional onsite inspection or meeting with the maintenance department requiring a group effort. However, as organizations move to a more collaborative business model as a whole, you can make space for facility managers to work hands-on with their maintenance teams for a more rewarding experience overall. 

 

Emphasize work-life balance. 

It is often said that employees cause more stress on their managers than managers do on their employees. This is because management is responsible for not just one, but everyone’s jobs and often takes the ultimate blame when things go wrong. As a facility manager, stress can get to you if you don’t have a healthy work-life balance. In order to attract hard workers and keep them, promote a healthy work-life balance with paid time off, regular weekends, and options to pursue outside goals through educational or volunteer opportunities. 

What to Look For In A Facility Manager

With these three recruitment tips, you should be able to find top talent in the maintenance field. However, finding the perfect candidate for your business may take some time and research. When interviewing your candidates, look for these qualities: 

 

  • Exceptional planning and task-oriented scheduling ability
  • Understanding of financials and legal terms related to facility compliance
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented and organized
  • Computer-savvy and familiar with work-order management systems
  • Interest in your company’s industry as well as the facility management field
  • Up-to-date on sustainability in the maintenance field
  • Ability to lead and communicate across departments
  • Technical background as a maintenance worker a plus

With these tips and traits, you are guaranteed to find a facility manager that can do the job right. For more facility management resources, visit our blog.

Tips for Recruiting from Community Colleges

Those in the maintenance field know that fewer and fewer young individuals are pursuing maintenance fields as career options after high school. While the increased access to college education has offered many opportunities for the next generation, those who are not interested in pursuing a college degree often don’t know what other options they have. It is important for us in the maintenance field to recruit these young minds and show them what is possible in the trades. 

 

Below are # proven ways to recruit students from community colleges into a trade school for plumbing, electrical, roofing, and HVAC maintenance:

 

Encourage confidence. 

Despite the fact that nearly 40% of college students are attending a community college, many believe that their qualifications will be judged more harshly than those graduating from four-year universities. Using language such as “Associates degrees encouraged to apply” and other community-college-friendly terms on applications can help these students feel more confident in their decision to move into the trades. 

 

Get involved on campus

Community college students are often looking for faster entry into the workforce than those in four-year universities (as many undergraduates are looking toward the future with Master’s or Doctorate degrees). The students will be active looking for job opportunities and will respond well to employers or technical school representatives involved on campus. 

 

Offer part-time work

Those looking into trade schools often want or need to be able to earn an income quickly with the skills acquired. By offering part-time options during or after school you can offer flexibility for those who do not have unlimited time to dedicate to school. 

 

Highlight the cost benefits

One of the reasons many people choose technical school over other types of education is the cost benefits. Technical school costs between $5,000 to $15,000 total, whereas a typical college education can cost that much per year. Technical school students also have the option to work while they study, and must often complete apprenticeships that help them line up jobs immediately out of college. This means that technical school students are in less debt and start earning two years ahead of college students, which is a major benefit for those looking to earn more, faster. 

 

MaintenX is always looking for bright young technical school grads to add to our growing team. If you’re interested in starting your career with MaintenX, visit our careers center for a list of our open positions. 

How To Recruit Maintenance Apprentices

It is not news to those of us in the facility management field that apprentices and young talent in electrical, plumbing, and HVAC repair are rare. With so many young adults being pushed toward the colleges over vocational training, and scholarships becoming easier to obtain, there is a steep dropoff in the number of new mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and technicians available in the workforce. And, as the “baby boomer” generation retires, there will be even fewer skilled workers for maintenance teams to recruit. 

 

Generating new talent is very important for MaintenX, which is why we use and recommend these tactics for recruiting high school students and young adults to the maintenance trades:

 

Competitive salaries and signing bonuses

Many high schoolers go straight to college in order to take advantage of their younger years and hopefully earn a bigger salary long-term. However, the maintenance field is increasingly becoming a more affordable means to an education, often with competitive salaries to boot. Some maintenance companies will even offer signing bonuses in order to attract top talent, which is an enticing proposition for someone choosing between college and vocational school. 

 

Compensating on- and off-the-job training 

For those who don’t go to a traditional vocational school, apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn on the job and earn a bit of money while doing it. Though not all apprenticeships are paid, the most competitive spots provide a living wage. This incentivizes the apprentices and provides them a means to focus solely on their training. 

 

Selling the benefits

There are plenty of reasons that young professionals would choose maintenance work over the traditional college route. It provides a quicker route into the workforce and offers a job that doesn’t involve desk work or tedious schooling. Active young adults are often drawn to professions that allow them to work with their hands and balance their jobs with learning opportunities. By selling the benefits of your apprenticeship that aren’t salary-based, you can show why becoming a maintenance technician is a fulfilling long-term option. 

 

MaintenX is thrilled to have young technicians come work for us and build the next generation of facility maintenance. To learn more about our job opportunities, visit our resource center

3 Reasons to Go Back to Technical School

You no doubt heard many times that the most successful route you could take as a young adult is to pursue a four-year university degree and use it to launch a career. While that is certainly a great option that brings success to many, it is not the only route. In fact, more and more young people today are instead pursuing technical school and finding long and successful careers as a result. If you’ve dismissed the idea of technical school or are toying with the idea of going, here are a few compelling reasons to go.

 

There is great demand for technical jobs.

 

Construction is booming in most parts of the country. With this expansion, technical jobs in plumbing, electrical, and similar fields are in great demand. In order to obtain these jobs, a degree from a technical school is necessary. If you learn these skills and demonstrate aptitude at them, it can be easy to obtain technical jobs and launch a long and successful career.

 

There is profit to be made in technical fields.

 

Not only are jobs plentiful for technical fields, but they also tend to pay well due to high demand. For example, if you have the skills to repair air conditioning units and live in Florida, there will always be steady income and those willing to pay for urgent repairs. 

 

There is job security involving technical skills. 

 

Finally, there will always be a demand for technical skills, meaning that job security certainly exists for those with the skills to be successful. People will always need places to live, indoor plumbing, electricity and, in most areas, air conditioning, so therefore there will always be some demand for those that work in these fields.

 

Technical school is an excellent way to obtain the skills and certifications that you need in order to be successful in technical fields such as electrical and plumbing. These skills are important in facility maintenance as well, which is what we specialize at MaintenX. Our technicians are all highly trained and are always at the ready to assist in any kind of facility project and maintenance job. To learn more about our skills and to inquire and potential career jobs in maintenance, please call us today at (855) 751-0075.

Tips for Training New Technicians

Facility technicians work hard to make sure everything in your facility works smoothly. They take care of things like:

  • Meeting room bookings
  • Asset repair and maintenance
  • Inventory
  • Grounds keeping needs

That why keeping existing, as well as new, technicians well-trained is an important part of a successful facility. Below are some tips to do just that.

Write it all Out

If you aren’t already doing so, you should document all your facility processes, everything from how your office handles incoming to how you schedule winterizations and asset inventories.

Not only will documenting all your various processes help your new (and veteran) technicians, but it will also assist in refining these procedures. Also, consider:

  • Allowing your top performers to train new hires
  • Investing in technology that keeps everyone in your organization seamlessly connected.
  • Scheduling training times so your staff can get the maximum benefit from the training process

Technician Training Schedule

Map out a detailed training schedule. Start by documenting what you’ll need to teach new technicians and how you plan to do so.

After that, make a regular training schedule. It’s a lot of work in the beginning, but it will save you headaches later.

The True Worth of Training Technicians

Investing in your technicians can improve processes, reduce system failures, and increase the health and happiness of your entire workforce. With a strong technician training strategy, you can maximize your training dollars and improve your technician training program as you implement it.

How Paint Affects Your Office Space

The effect paint can have on the environment of your office is enormous. Color choice can affect your employee’s behavior, productivity, and general well-being. Colors can be vital in setting the right atmosphere for workers to feel relaxed and motivated.

Below are some tips for finding the right paint scheme for your office:

Blue

Blue produces a calming effect on the body, and it’s not often you’ll find someone opposed to the color. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the most popular answer to the question “What’s your favorite color?”.

Green

To boost creativity, integrate green into places where people brainstorm together or where computers are located. The color green also:

  • promotes agreement
  • reduces stress
  • alleviates eye strain

Yellow

The color yellow is a welcoming, stimulating color. It’s best utilized in active environments. Yellow is also good for:

  • stimulating hopefulness
  • fostering attention and direction
  • promoting innovation and creativity

Red

Red is a perfect paint color choice for office environments where people need to do something physical, rather than mental. Because the color red can sometimes trigger stress and anger, it should be used selectively and sparingly.

White

As a general rule, white is a terrible color to paint your office. White walls often elicit a sterile or clinical feeling, like being in a doctor’s office. It’s best to use white in small doses in the work environment.

If you’d like to know more about color psychology in the workplace, contact MaintenX.

Tips to Keep Your Employees Safe During Winter

Working in cold conditions isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also be quite unsafe. Frostbite, numbness, dehydration, and hypothermia are very real dangers and should be taken seriously. If you or your employees are performing work tasks outdoors during the winter, be aware of the dangers and follow these tips.

Dress for the Weather

Workers should avoid exposure to extreme cold whenever they can. When they must confront the cold, follow these clothing recommendations:

  • Wear multiple layers of loose clothing.
  • Remember that some clothing can hinder movement and result in an accident.
  • Wear waterproof, insulated, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear insulated gloves or mittens whenever possible.
  • Always wear socks in cold weather. High wool socks are best at trapping heat in cold conditions. Avoid socks that limit circulation.

Potential Hazards

Frostbite and hypothermia can develop from overexposure to cold. If you suspect either, get medical attention immediately.

Warning Signs:

Hypothermia 

  • Shivering
  • Lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech

Frostbite

  • Cold skin that turns numb
  • Blisters or swelling
  • Joint stiffness

Cold weather is a normal event, so it is easy for workers to forget that it can be very dangerous if not properly prepared for. Make sure to take into account these cold weather safety tips while working in winter conditions to protect yourself and your employees against the elements.

To learn more about winter safety precautions, contact MaintenX today.

Protecting Outdoor Workers from Heat Illnesses

Every year, thousands of workers—especially those involved in the agriculture, landscaping, construction, and utilities fields—spend long, difficult days working in the hot sun.

Heat and sun exposure allow for many dangers: sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, just to name a few. Sadly, many of these workers become ill or lose their lives to heat exposure. Below are some ways to make sure your outdoor workforce is healthy, happy, and productive throughout the hot summer months.

Know the Risks

Outdoor workers are exposed to two main types of heat-related dangers:

Internal body heat from hard physical labor:

  • Physical exertion
  • Use of bulky or non-breathable clothing
  • Carrying heavy equipment in the sun

Environmental heat arising from working conditions:

  • High temperature
  • High humidity
  • Radiant heat sources
  • Contact with hot objects
  • Direct sun exposure with no shade
  • Limited air movement

Warning Signs

Unfortunately, heat stroke victims often don’t recognize their own symptoms. That’s why to stay safe, workers need to be trained to detect symptoms in themselves and others and find medical help immediately.

Some common symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • dry, hot skin (due to failure to sweat)
  • profuse sweating
  • very high body temperature
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • complete or partial loss of consciousness

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • heavy sweating
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • thirst
  • nausea
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle cramps
  • elevated body temperature

Heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke.

Stay Safe

Follow these steps to stay safe in the hot sun:

  • Take breaks
  • Rest in the shade when possible
  • Eat during lunch or other breaks
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of cool water in hot weather conditions.

By training employees on the early signs of heat exhaustion, taking the proper precautions, and employing tips like the ones listed above, your outdoor workforce can reduce the risk of heat-related dangers.

Join the Team! Plumbing Service Technician Fredericksburg VA

Join The MaintenX Team!

MaintenX TeamWe would like to announce a new job opening at Maintenx for a Plumbing Service Technician-Fredericksburg, VA. A complete job description and compensation range is available HERE.

Job Responsibilities:

Our Plumbing Service Technician are responsible for assembling, installing, or repairing pipes, fittings, or plumbing fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.
  
Additional responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with customers upon arrival and completion of work, ensuring customer satisfaction with service
  • Compiling job documentation, such as certificate of completion, preventative maintenance check list and report
  • Diagnosing and making minor HVAC, electrical and facility related repairs

Interested applicants must apply online and can submit their resumes by clicking the Apply button at the end of the posting they are interested in applying for.

For Job Requirements, information on benefits and to apply,
visit the job listing here

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To view these job postings or any other job opportunities available at Maintenx, please CLICK HERE.

 

MaintenX Seeking Sales Executive

Job description

MaintenX International is a Florida based Facility Maintenance company with its headquarters located in Tampa, FL. MaintenX excels at providing emergency and non-emergency HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical and General Repair service to its clients throughout Florida. We are looking for a seasoned professional in this marketplace who can identify Facility Maintenance opportunities and present MaintenX self-performing capabilities in order to close the sale. In addition, once we start providing service, we need our sales professional to expand the depth of service with the client and maintain our relationship.

MaintenX is a growing company in Florida and we are looking for the right team members to join our unique, special and fun team. If you are interested in working hard, achieving success and, if you can sell, be well compensated for your skills, you should apply.

Sales Executive Job Responsibilities:

Builds business by identifying and selling prospects; maintaining relationships with clients.

Sales Executive Job Duties:

  • Identifies business opportunities by identifying prospects and evaluating their position in the industry; researching and analyzing sales options.
  • Sells services by establishing contact and developing relationships with prospects; recommending solutions.
  • Maintains relationships with clients by providing support, information, and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities; recommending profit and service improvements.
  • Identifies product improvements or new products by remaining current on industry trends, market activities, and competitors.
  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information.
  • Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Sales Executive Skills and Qualifications:

Presentation Skills, Client Relationships, Emphasizing Excellence, Energy Level, Negotiation, Prospecting Skills, Meeting Sales Goals, Creativity, Sales Planning, Independence, Motivation for Sales, Fluency with email, Microsoft Word & Excel, basic software

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