Where have all our workers gone?

31st of March 2022 Article by Lynn Webster
Where have all our workers gone?

The cleaning sector is experiencing severe staff shortages. UK reporter Lynn Webster asks why.

There has been considerable news focus on the depleting workforce in many sectors in recent months with cleaning and FM no exception. The cleaning industry is suffering what are described as severe shortages.

Gathering statements from various associations and trade press we hear o..

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Hidden in plain sight

24th of March 2022 Article by Fiona Bowman
Hidden in plain sight

Fiona Bowman is an ambassador of EIDA, an independent corporate domestic abuse consultant and managing director of Facilities Management Consultancy Dysart 57. Here she writes for ECJ about the issues surrounding domestic abuse and its implications for employers.

It is widely reported that one in four women and one in six men in workplaces in the UK will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives. And whilst accou..

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Asthma risk from cleaning products

22nd of March 2022 Article by Lotte Printz
Asthma risk from cleaning products

ECJ’s Lotte Printz on a study from Norway suggesting children whose mothers work with cleaning products have a high risk of having asthma.

The risk of children developing asthma, or other respiratory conditions such as wheeze, increases by as much as 71 per cent if their mothers have been exposed to large amounts of cleaning products and disinfectants in their jobs. Even ye..

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Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

10th of March 2022 Article by Lotte Printz
Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

Scandinavian reporter for ECJ Lotte Printz on a successful, socially responsible cleaning initiative
in Sweden.

What do prostitutes, a policeman and cleaning have in common? Well, read on and it'll all be clear. This is not a bad dad joke, but a true story from Sweden!

The story begins about eight years ago when Simon Widén, the owner of a cleaning company in Stockholm, Sweden, called Himlarent (‘heavenl..

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