Cleaning robots - man and machine in harmony

4th of May 2022 Article by John Griep
Cleaning robots - man and machine in harmony

John Griep in the Netherlands looks at the use of robots in the sector and analyses their impact.

When the first robotic scrubber dryer was launched over 15 years ago, robotisation was seen by many as a threat. Would cleaning robots take over the jobs of professional cleaners in the future? Meanwhile, in 2022 that fear no longer seems relevant. At least not when it comes to a shor..

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A new cleaning service model

21st of April 2022 Article by Christian Bouzols
A new cleaning service model

Christian Bouzols reports from France on a cleaning company doing business differently post-Covid.

“My problem with Covid isn’t as bad as my problem with home working. Some of my clients are cancelling their business leases and this is hurting us quite badly because a large part of our portfolio is comprised of people involved in event organisation. That’s why the..

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Cleaning - largest skilled workforce in Germany

10th of April 2022 Article by Katja Scholz
Cleaning - largest skilled workforce in Germany

Katja Scholz, ECJ's reporter in Germany, on latest cleaning industry data from the contract cleaning association.

The sector report from the contract cleaning trade appeared at the beginning of the new year – with facts, figures and trends regarding the skilled trade with the largest workforce in Germany:  27,545 firms with just under 665,000 employees and a turnover of ..

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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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