Supervisor crucial in employee engagement, says ISS white paper

27th of August 2014
Supervisor crucial in employee engagement, says ISS white paper

ISS has published a white paper spotlighting how engaged employees are more productive, more customer-focused and more loyal. The paper - entitled - 'Employee engagement - the crucial role of the supervisor' - also finds that companies with high levels of employee engagement are more profitable.

Author Donna Brown of ISS describes how employee

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UK commission says cleaning firms are failing to protect cleaners' rights

26th of August 2014
UK commission says cleaning firms are failing to protect cleaners' rights

According to a study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the UK, some employers in the professional cleaning industry are failing to meet their responsibilities to their staff in relation to pay, holiday or sick leave and dealing with their concerns.

The study also says manycleaners feel that their employer, client firms and the

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Big Ben gets a wash from abseiling cleaners

22nd of August 2014
Big Ben gets a wash from abseiling cleaners

One of the world's most famous landmarks - Big Ben in London - is having a makeover this week as four window cleaners have been working hard buffing and shining the 312 pieces of glass that make up the iconic clock face.

This is no ordinary cleaning job for the four men, who have been dangling 60 metres above the ground and wearing helmets and

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Vacuum cleaner joke voted funniest at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

21st of August 2014
Vacuum cleaner joke voted funniest at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A joke about a vacuum cleaner has been voted the funniest at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, taking place in Scotland during the month of August.

British comedian Tim Vine won the prize with his one-liner: "I decided to sell my Hoover... well it was just collecting dust."

He also won in 2010 with the joke: "I've just been on a

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Workplace cracks down on toilet breaks

19th of August 2014
Workplace cracks down on toilet breaks

The management of a US company has been criticised for allegedly disciplining its workers for 'excessive use' of the toilet during working hours.

According to the workers' union, WaterSaver Faucet in Chicago is capping the time that employees spend in the washroom at six minutes a day.

"The company has spreadsheets on every union employee and

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Could antibacterial clay fight superbugs?

13th of August 2014
Could antibacterial clay fight superbugs?

Antibacterial properties have been discovered in natural clay deposits - and researchers hope that these will help in the fight against superbugs.

The clay was found in a volcanic deposit near Crater Lake, Oregon in the US. Thought to be between 20 and 30 million years old, it was formed from silica-rich magma and hydrothermal water resulting

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