New ways of finding cleaners in Japan

29th of May 2018
New ways of finding cleaners in Japan

While Japan has never been a country prone to allowing in migrants to solve labour market issues, due to a rapidly declining population and a low fertility rate it reluctantly pushed for policy changes to make it easier to welcome migrant workers. Bobbie van der List reports for ECJ.

While Japan has never been a country prone to allowing in

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Disruptive business models

28th of March 2018
Disruptive business models

Housekeep is an online platform which is currently disrupting the home cleaning service market in London. ECJ editor Michelle Marshall speaks to its founder and ceo Avin Rabheru about his business model, and his plans to enter the commercial cleaning market this year.

Founded three-and-a-half years ago Housekeep is a platform that takes the

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Can robots fill the people gap?

22nd of March 2018
Can robots fill the people gap?

Japan’s cleaning industry is increasingly dominated by automation and robotic solutions, which is mainly caused by the growing difficulty professional cleaning companies experience in finding qualified staff. But what is the impact of this development on the industry and where does the cleaning industry stand in terms of employing robots?

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Agents of change

6th of November 2017
Agents of change

Change is a difficult, but essential, part of any prosperous business. Where new ideas come from, how they are communicated and crucially how they are implemented can be important factors in making new initiatives a success. Jan-Hein Hemke, managing director at soft FM service provider and contract cleaners Facilicom, has given his managers the

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Singapore's long march to professional cleaning

20th of September 2017
Singapore's long march to professional cleaning

In Singapore, streets and public spaces are remarkably clean. The government reached this level of cleanliness due to some draconian anti-littering laws. While the Singaporean cleaning industry has contributed to this spotless state of the streets, some argue the cleaning industry deserves more appreciation – both in terms of salary, as well

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Workplace of the future

18th of September 2017
Workplace of the future

Global facilities service provider ISS has opened its new German headquarters in Düsseldorf with the theme ‘Workplace of the Future’. In the building the company is showcasing a new working culture entitled ‘New Ways of Working’ and all building services are being driven using smart technology. ECJ editor Michelle

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