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Road rage as a classroom

Miracles or Murder

What is your typical reaction when you are cut off on the highway? For many of us, it’s a combination of an initial moment of fright (after all, traffic casualties rank high on the list of death causes) and anger. Chances are that thoughts run through your mind such as: “How dare such foul people put others in danger? It’s one thing if they want to risk their own life, but they have no right to jeopardize mine! Is a little bit of decency on the road too much to ask? Show a little respect!” In short, attention is fully focused on the ‘perpetrator’, at least for a while, until the adrenaline level slowly drops again.

Few people realize that such reactions, though fully understandable, are primarily an attack on themselves, while it achieves nothing in changing or punishing the other. On the physical level, you would probably be surprised to…

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Rapportage resultaten van een ‘try out’ met facility software systeem InPRC

Met de nationale trots, de luchthaven Schiphol, als voorbeeld in een ‘try out’ van hoe het InPRC werkt. Hierbij zij opgemerkt dat alle gegevens in deze ‘try out clientapplication’ gebaseerd zijn op fictieve aannames. Alle genoemde ruimten in dit voorbeeld hebben geschatte oppervlakten (M2), werkprogramma’s, en voorcalculaties. De registraties van de werktijden zijn virtueel vanaf een barcodelijst gemaakt, dus niet van barcodes die bevestigd (moeten) zijn in de diverse ruimtes. Ook de rapportages omtrent de scanning van ‘assessments’ en ‘verstoringen’ reflecteren niet de werkelijkheid doch zijn bedoeld als ‘demo’ materiaal.

Een aantal rapportage mogelijkheden in deze ‘try out’ van het ‘benchmark’ menu van www.inprc.nl :

Lijst ingevoerde barcodes in InPRC

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Lijst Assessments

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Lijst Assessments – AQL

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Lijst Verstoringen

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Lijst Gemiddelde Tijd Per Medewerker Per Ruimte

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Lijst Voor – en Nacalculatie

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Desgewenst kunt u een kijkje nemen in de ‘try out clientapplication’. Email s.v.p. naar Hans Westerveld (johanwesterveld@mac.com) en u ontvangt een tijdelijke login en password.

 

 

 

Schiphol en de terugkerende schoonmaakpersoneel issues

Nieuws in de vakpers. Het winnen van de ‘Best Practice Award’ en ‘FNV: Schiphol voor Schoonmakerstribunaal gesleept’. We kunnen wel stellen dat er ‘goed’ en ‘kwaad’ is in de wereld maar daar wordt het, tenminste één maal per twee jaar terugkerende, stakingsprobleem niet mee opgelost.

Tot 1980 zorgde de dienst Was-, Bad-, Schoonmaak en Zweminrichtingen van de gemeente Amsterdam voor de schoonmaak van Schiphol. Schoonmaakbedrijf Westerveld B.V., toen nog als zelfstandige onderneming, was het eerste commerciële schoonmaakbedrijf dat de schoonmaak van geheel Schiphol gedurende twee keer vijf jaar uitgevoerd heeft tot 1990. Na verdere uitbreidingen tot aan de verdubbeling van de terminal werd besloten het complex op te delen in uit te besteden percelen.

Stakingen op Schiphol

Vermoedelijk waren stakingen van schoonmakers toen deze voornamelijk de status van Amsterdamse ambtenaar hadden onbekend op Schiphol. De eerste staking deed zich voor in 1990 met een, niet door vakbonden ondersteunde, actie om macht te verwerven en boven cao vergoedingen te eisen. Zeker te vermelden waard is dat FNV bestuurder Leen van Dijke het op zich nam om te bemiddelen en uiteindelijk zorgde voor oplossingen van het conflict. In de recente geschiedenis was Schiphol één van de locaties waar gestaakt werd, onder meer in 2009, 2010, 2012 en 2014.

Bij diverse cao onderhandelingen met de werkgeversorganisatie Schoonmaak en Bedrijfsdiensten OSB wordt vanuit de vakbonden druk uitgeoefend door bij spraakmakende opdrachtgevers van schoonmaakbedrijven actie te voeren. Opdrachtgevers zoals universiteiten, academische ziekenhuizen en natuurlijk Schiphol krijgen dan bezoek van boze schoonmakers met spandoeken. Overgewaaid vanuit de Verenigde Staten is dit beleid aangescherpt met dezelfde acties maar dan thuis bij aandeelhouders van schoonmaakbedrijven. Ook directies van   opdrachtgevers komen dan aan de beurt. CEO tegen FM: ‘Houdt die lui bij mijn kantoor vandaan!’ Met regelmaat zijn er stakingen van schoonmakers gedurende cao onderhandelingen.

‘Prangende misstanden’ zijn zeer onwaarschijnlijk

Dan nu de huidige actie van een vakbond om op Schiphol ‘een aantal prangende misstanden aan de kaak te stellen’. De aanleiding is kennelijk het verwerven van de Best Practice Award 2016 van de Code Verantwoordelijk Marktgedrag, al kan het ook welkom zijn dat op dit moment onderhandelingen plaatsvinden voor een nieuwe schoonmaak cao.

Welke zijn dan die ‘prangende misstanden’? Ook als we de enigszins overdreven bewoordingen terugbrengen naar standaard normering, zie ik geen misstanden in de schoonmaak op Schiphol. De vertegenwoordigers van de opdrachtgever zien die ook niet, ware dit wel het geval dan zouden zij zeker met de schoonmaak directies over dit onderwerp in gesprek zijn geraakt. Schiphol heeft zich in het recente verleden uitgesloofd om faciliteiten voor de schoonmakers te verbeteren. Vele innovaties, faciliteiten en initiatieven van Schiphol werden ontplooid met onder meer met de mee financiering van taalcursussen, de mee financiering van aanvullende reiskosten, het participeren in overleg met schoonmaak vertegenwoordigingen. Helaas kreeg dit niet de waardering van de schoonmakers, dan wel werd het snel vergeten in tijden van acties voor een nieuwe schoonmaak cao.

Nog een paar factoren: Het schoonmaak materiaal is in de loop der jaren sterk verbeterd, de werkkleding is sterk verbeterd inclusief een representatieve uitstraling. Een belangrijke factor is ook dat de afwerk materialen zoals vloeren zich veel makkelijker laten reinigen. Allemaal factoren in het voordeel van de schoonmaker.

Werkdruk Analyse

Voor het in kaart brengen van ‘prangende misstanden’, hierbij zal mogelijk werkdruk issues bedoeld zijn, is een doeltreffende oplossing in de markt.

Het betreft het facility management systeem InPRC. In het kort toegelicht krijgt elke ruimte een unieke barcode, grote ruimtes krijgen er meer. De schoonmaker scant de ruimte en voert zijn programma uit, deze methode wordt in elke ruimte herhaald. Aan het eind van de shift worden de geregistreerde barcodes via een PC opgeladen naar de ‘clientapplicatie’, alwaar de informatie kan worden geanalyseerd. Zowel opdrachtgever als schoonmaakbedrijf kunnen toegang krijgen tot dit systeem waardoor maximale transparantie ontstaat. Niet elke schoonmaker hoeft met een scanner te werken. Een aantal is voldoende om, nadat maanden aan registraties zijn opgeladen, bruikbare kengetallen te kunnen verwerven. Een paar stappen verder is het combineren van gegevens van passagiersstromen en eventueel de vliegbewegingen en je krijgt bijzonder interessante data.

Eventuele werkdruk issues worden vanuit de data zichtbaar en kunnen worden aangepakt.

Meer informatie over InPRC (InProcesRegieConcept) is te verkrijgen via www.inprc.nl en via info@inprc.nl

Hans Westerveld, cfm, is consultant voor de facilitaire industrie met activiteiten in Nederland en in Indonesië.

Contact: johanwesterveld@mac.com

Website: www.cleaningworks.nl

Website: http://restroomcleaning.org

Blog: https://hanswesterveld.wordpress.com

Meer informatie over Was-, Bad-, Schoonmaak en Zweminrichtingen diensten

https://archief.amsterdam/inventarissen/overzicht/5282a.html

Keyboards, Remote Controls, Buffet en Restroom Contamination

What are the similarities between: Keyboard of a computer, Your computer keyboard, Handles of a cart, Handles of luggage, Remote control at home, Remote control elsewhere, Audio / video selector on a plane and Faucets, flush handles, door handles in restrooms?

First similarity: All mentioned components are seldom clean or never get cleaned.

Second similarity: All mentioned components contain attached dirt. This attached dirt may consist of: feces, semen, blood, nose residue, skin oil, sweat and other dirt.

Okay, so what, I wash my hands before I go get a meal!

What about your meal in buffet style. We can assume that the cutlery has passed the dishwasher and that the catering staff has washed their hands. However, you are not alone in holding the spoons and forks to fill your plate! The later you enjoy this buffet the greater is the likelihood that these components show dirt.

However, “show” is an incorrect term here, at the most you feel stickiness and experience the urge to wash your hands. The table edge or the chair which you touch accidentally you feel that they have not been cleaned recently, the confirmation you will show when you carefully look at these parts.

If, after so much unpleasant inspiration, urges arise to wash your hands in the toilets, remember the golden rule: “after washing your hands do not touch faucet, door or flush buttons, because otherwise you might be better of with not washing your hands. In summary, thoroughly hand washing, dry with paper towel, then close the tap with the paper. No paper available? Don’t dry your hands at all. Leave the restroom without touching anything.

Why this advice? The cleaning program will surely include cleaning these parts? Certainly, however without supervision there is no guarantee that it happens! Moreover, it is not easy to check or measure that the cleaning and disinfection of these components have been carried out.

Is this all dangerous to human health? Exception of bacteria and viruses that the WHO has declared as highly contagious it is not so bad. Your body has developed a fantastic ‘immune’ system in the last million years for anything foreign. The countless and constant attacks at the skin, mouth and wounds on your physical integrity are brilliantly approached by this system.

The quality of the ‘acid’ in the stomach notes with pleasure the challenge of the shawarma sandwich you decided to swallow, the meat itself full of living bacteria moving them selves around the heating carousel.

In a situation when you stomach protection cannot cope with the new arrivals, at most the stool, instead of the usual color and firmness, shall appear by means of a rapid, often unannounced, blast and ruin the entire toilet area.

The relief on your part makes you feel much better and a professional cleaner sees no problem to get the cleaning job done. Ready for next use. Have a good Day!

Why seek for future happiness?

At the closing of  a calendar year, we tend to ponder about the year to come, and the ways in which we might make next year a better year. We make lists of new year resolutions for all sorts of top…

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Impacts on Practice: Improving Customer Experience at Airport Restroom Facilities | Blurbs | Main

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released its latest Impacts on Practice that explores how Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is using ACRP Report 130 : Guidebook for Airport Terminal Restroom Planning and Design to help guide remodeling plans for restrooms at the airport. The report addresses topics like clenliness and customer safety for passengers; traffic flow; maintenance; and improved visual aspects of the restroom environment.

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Forgiving is forgetting

Students of A Course in Miracles no doubt notice the emphasis the text places on the difference between sin and mistakes. If you are ever to attain any measure of inner peace, understanding this di…

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Lay down your arms

Problems with Massa Trump? Find this:

Miracles or Murder

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election posed some serious emotional challenges for many spiritual aspirants who are seeking to attain the experience of lasting inner peace no matter what happens. Spiritualities such as A Course in Miracles may teach to “seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world” (T-21.in.1:7), from the fundamental premise that “There is no world!” (W-pI.132.6), but the presidential election serves as a reminder of just how much we still need to learn to really believe this. As the Course says about our deepest desire “I want the peace of God“: “To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything.” (W-pI.185.1). We obviously do not mean these words wholeheartedly yet, for otherwise we wouldn’t be here in time and space anymore. And all the while our ego whispers that we will never ever mean this, because…

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An advice from Great-Grandfather to Junior Junior

Great-Grandfather Joost is in between dreamed incarnations and supports junior junior who believes that he lives in a body.

Great-Grandfather Joost

Great-Grandfather Joost in his last dreamed incarnation

Okay, here it is. Junior junior is doing his forgiveness lessons, sometimes immediately sometimes some time later. I had to laugh when he was almost hit by a car and he used every invective available in his vocabulary addressing the driver. Forgiveness came later. He does it in the correct way. Not by making the issue real but to forgive for something that did not happen, except in his own projections of illusions. Off course because he also believes that he lives in a body he must take care and use his bodily eyes. Is this a judgement? Yes it is and I should know better not to judge and making something real.

Now again his ego is in uproar. Reading the Jakarta Post with headlines ‘Residents told to save water’. Junior junior does not like to be told, he prefers to tell himself what to do. But that is not the prime issue here. The issue is that the Greater Jakarta Area will have to deal with less availability of water. Drought, urbanization, land subsidence, groundwater pumping, increase of residents among others are cause. Now junior junior believes he has ideas that can help to reduce the use and or waste of water.

In fact he shared already his ideas and the way to implement this ideas which would save per year millions of liters of water in Jakarta. See his letter to the president of the Jakarta International Hotel Association. Jakarta International Hotel Association Well, he should have known that the only one who would take this idea seriously was his own ego. As usual no response from the addressee. So why would he bother. Well let me tell you, ego’s are persistent.

Junior junior has also ideas for the Jakarta Capital City Government. He has been twice at the City Hall and promoted his ideas and delivered his advices and reports. It is known that the current Governor reads all lettters by himself and than decides which department or committee must deal with the proposals. As usual no response from the committees involved.

Than junior junior got a bright idea for himself. He asked the HS (Holy Spirit) if he should approach the Jakarta Capital City Government again. Well, I could have told him what the answer from the HS would be. Forget it and forgive yourself! HS added to that as follows. I do not give advice about illusions at your presumed form level. That is not to say that my answer is in any way a judgement about the Sons of God who believe to be in bodies and in workwear of the Jakarta Capital City Government.

If you believe you can help others than try to help, but don’t forget what the Course in Miracles is saying about the world. Don’t try to change the world but try to change your mind about the world. Back to work! And do your forgiveness lessons!

Improving the Airport Customer Experience

This report number acrp_rpt_157 replaces the draft that was published earlier

Improving the Airport Customer Experience

Part of the Airport Cooperate Research Program Report nr. 157

One of the sections addresses cleanliness:

8.1 Cleanliness and Janitorial/Maintenance

A statistical study of the drivers of airport satisfaction and dissatisfaction based on a content analysis of 1,095 traveler comments on an airport review website concluded that key drivers of customer satisfaction included terminal cleanliness and a pleasant environment (Bogicevic et al. 2013). Key drivers of dissatisfaction included security inspection, confusing signage and way finding, and poor dining choices. Other surveys, including those conducted by ASQ and Skytrax, indicate that terminal cleanliness, especially of restrooms, is a core indicator of customer satisfaction. According to ACI, cleanliness remains one of the most important items for passengers and is a basic requirement for satisfaction (personal communication).

The appearance of cleanliness is harder to maintain in an older facility. Worn surfaces, poor lighting, older xtures and furnishings, darker color schemes, and unchecked growth in permanent and temporary signage make it harder to maintain an image of cleanliness and order in older terminals and can give the appearance of a lack of cleanliness in spite of the best efforts of janitorial staff and increased maintenance spending.

Customer feedback mechanisms (discussed in Chapter 3) can be applied to determine how customers perceive the cleanliness of the terminal (and restrooms). Feedback cards, touch-screen and kiosk-based surveys taken in the restroom and terminals, text messages, Twitter, ASQ, and other ongoing user feedback mechanisms, as well as focus groups and web surveys, are proven techniques that can be applied to assessing customer perceptions of cleanliness. Tools such as these may be helpful in prioritizing the use of limited funds for terminal renewals and replacements.

Where the problem may indeed be janitorial maintenance, airports can benchmark their cost per square foot of janitorial expense against peer airports and determine if they are getting a good return on their expense. It may be necessary to adjust schedules, increase staf ng during peak

periods, or perform deferred maintenance in order to improve cleanliness scores (as determined by benchmarking) to acceptable levels. Restrooms are particularly important as drivers of customer satisfaction.

8.15 Restrooms

Survey research on customer satisfaction has established a direct link between the quality and cleanliness of restrooms and the overall customer experience. Recent common practices in restroom design include:

  • Removing doors at entrances to restrooms. Most airports have created doorless entries to restrooms. Doors are an impediment to travelers burdened with carry-on baggage or children.
  • Brightening up entrances. Restroom entryways do not have to look institutional and serious. Entrances, like restroom interiors, are being upgraded to include art, graphics, and use of color and lighting.
  • Hotel-style restrooms. When San Francisco International Airport was designing its com- pletely redeveloped Terminal 2, it conducted considerable research into what makes a good restroom and developed what it calls hotel-style restrooms. SFO’s restrooms are bright and have lots of indirect lighting, which appears less harsh than direct lighting. Lighting is placed around mirrors to improve visibility, and women’s restrooms include seating so women can apply makeup and take advantage of the mirrored lighting. High-speed air dryers are mounted between sinks to reduce water dripping on the oor. Light materials are used, but dark materials are used on countertops to downplay the look of water on counters around sinks. Toilet partitions are larger to accommodate carry-on bags. The reactions were so positive that SFO now includes its upgraded restroom program in all future terminal projects. Other airports with hotel-quality restrooms are perennial leaders Singapore Changi, Seoul Incheon, and Hong Kong.
  • Using quality materials. As restrooms age, materials tend to crack and discolor. These materials look dirty, and no amount of cleaning can brighten them. Use of long-lasting materials will keep the restrooms looking good for longer. Cheap xtures, particularly those with sensors, are more likely to leak or fail.

Some airports have adopted standards designed to ensure that restrooms remain open to meet demand. Portland International Airport designs its new restrooms with two entrances so that one part can be blocked for cleaning without closing the entire restroom. This is particularly important where larger restrooms are used and the next nearest restroom is far away.

Adequate storage closets and sinks for janitorial staff are a necessity. If the cleaning staff cannot readily access the buckets, mops, and cleaning materials they need, there will be less time to clean the restrooms.

Customer feedback on how well restrooms are meeting their needs can be obtained through a variety of means, including:

    • Comment cards and drop boxes.
    • Touch-screen ratings. Singapore Changi has installed touch screens where passengers can rate the restroom using a ve-point scale. Geneva Airport has a mechanized feedback counter where passengers push a red, yellow, or green button to indicate their satisfaction with the visit to the restroom.
    • Customer surveys, including ASQ and local periodic customer surveys, can solicit overall ratings of restrooms.
    • Twitter or text. A number of airports post a Twitter address or a number where customers can text their reactions to restroom conditions. This can also allow for quick reaction to pressing cleaning needs.

According to ACI, one in three airports in the world has instant feedback tools in washrooms to measure satisfaction with cleanliness. In North America, this statistic is one in ve. Seven of 10 airports worldwide collect real-time feedback on specific items such as availability of soap and toilet paper. Three out of four airports with real-time feedback tools dispatch cleaning staff once they receive alerts of a bad customer experience with restrooms. According to ACI, cleanliness of washrooms/toilets is very important across all passenger pro les (personal communication with ACI).

8.15.1 Restroom Attendants

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) initiated a program in 2006 to improve customer service by adding restroom attendants. The airport hires employees using a local company that specializes in job placement for workers with disabilities. The attendants are responsible for keeping the restrooms clean and provide optional amenities such as tissues, mouthwash and paper cups, and mints. A tip tray is visible, but tipping is optional. The airport tried the restroom attendant program on a trial basis and continued the program after receiving many positive comments about the cleanliness of the restrooms.

The restrooms at CLT are clean and stocked, especially during busy periods. Some passengers, however, are put off by the presence of the attendant and by the tip tray since it is unusual to find attendants in restrooms in all but the most exclusive restaurants and private clubs. Nevertheless, the complaints about restroom conditions dropped, and the program is considered successful by the airport. As a connecting hub with heavy traffic during peaks, keeping the restrooms tidy and in order is no longer a major issue.

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