Companies looking for a new employee productivity solution as their workforce returns to their building need to look no further than the office itself. There’s ample scientific evidence that small changes to the office environment can influence productivity by supporting improved focus, reducing sick days, and greater comfort.

Office environments are likely to look a bit different in the future as organizations adapt to new expectations for cleanliness and space organization based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. While many of the old rules for creating a healthy office space will still apply, employers should also consider more creative…

With 2021 promising big wins in the fight against COVID-19, you might wonder whether it’s worth investing in new cleaning solutions to meet today’s unique challenges–when a return to “normalcy” is seemingly right around the corner. It may be tempting to ride out the rest of the storm without making any significant changes to your cleaning program, like implementing commercial cleaning robots.

The reality is, commercial cleaning robots are not just a short term solution to the many challenges posed by a global pandemic. Yes, these robots have helped cleaning teams meet unprecedented levels of demand and sky-high cleaning expectations…

Technology and seniors may not seem like a natural fit, but technology can help the elderly in a range of ways. As senior and assisted living facilities close down to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within their communities, senior living technology is proving particularly critical. Not only is technology supporting staff, helping housekeepers to maintain more stringent levels of cleanliness, but it’s also able to alleviate fears for social distancing seniors by providing clear proof of clean.

Technology is Supporting Senior Living Safety

Frequent cleaning in senior living facilities is more critical than ever to reduce the threat of COVID-19, which affects the elderly more severely…

COVID-19 Vaccines Spark Optimism as Cases Surge Worldwide

News of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna has sparked optimism across all industries — the first glimmer of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Anticipating imminent FDA approval for emergency use, some of the first vaccines are already en route to major distribution hubs worldwide.

Good news for the future is overshadowed by record highs in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as we enter the traditional cold and flu season. In addition, experts, including leading immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, are warning of continued surges in COVID-19 cases over the coming months.

Record COVID Cases Require Renewed Focus on Cleaning Best Practices

The United States…

Retailers have wondered how the COVID-19 pandemic will shape the future of retail stores, and that concern has intensified with the approach of the holiday shopping season. Online platforms have steadily increased their share of holiday shopping well before the pandemic, and data indicates that there will be a dip in holiday spending altogether in 2020. COVID is a big contributor, as 51% of respondents to a Deloitte survey on the retail season reported feeling anxious around the in-store experience.

Anxious or not, shoppers fatigued with shutdown orders are seeking retail therapy. The retail sector has already recovered to 50…

Data has never been more powerful — or more practical — as companies prepare for a safe return-to-work. Navigating the uncharted waters of a global pandemic, company leaders have had to make difficult decisions with the information available to them. Now, as case counts in the U.S. break records on an almost daily basis and promising vaccines meet critical milestones, the question of when and how to bring employees back to the office is top-of-mind for business leaders, and data is helping them prepare more effectively.

A Data-Drive Approach

Business leaders nationwide are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 cases in their…

Sassy tweets from popular fast food joints. Employee profiles and human interest stories on corporate B2B blogs. Brands championing the causes their people and customers care about most. Connecting with customers through stories and the human touch have become table stakes in marketing across all industries over the last several years. Fueled by the rise of social media influencers that seamlessly connect lifestyle to product, the modern consumer craves a more authentic, human connection with the brands they frequent.

Amid a global pandemic, connecting with customers on a human level has become more challenging — and more critical — than…

As the pandemic continues, the timeline for bringing all employees back to the office remains a moving target. The New York Times recently quipped that “July is the new January,” as major employers across the country delay return-to-work plans until mid-2021.

While the headline rings true for many professionals, most organizations find themselves in a more nuanced situation — with some employees fully remote, some on location, and some working a hybrid schedule. …

As we slowly emerge into our new normal, we know the initial lockdowns and long-term influence of a pandemic have shaken the very foundations of how we perceive our day-to-day environments. Where’s the hand sanitizer? What’s the social distancing protocol? How wary should I be of the people around me?

The role technology must play in our surroundings has never been clearer: rebuild occupant trust.

In robotics and automation, that means leveraging cloud-native, integrated software systems to create an ecosystem of physical edge devices, including robots, that are viewable, and easily understood, from a single viewpoint or dashboard. This is…

Hiring and retaining employees in a post-pandemic world means focusing on more than just salary and benefits. Employers now need to emphasize their commitment to employee health and safety. While ensuring workplace safety has always been an important aspect of human resources, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought these protocols under the microscope like never before.

As employees prioritize health and safety in their work lives, human resource professionals should be ready to answer questions about what the organization is doing to protect their employees. As an HR professional, you can expect to field questions like:

  • What are the policies for…

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