Office Redesign during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As businesses reopen, social distancing rules and office redesign will lead to several changes for businesses. There's much more than just putting up screens and disinfecting the office. Small and large companies will be forced to rethink how they use the office. And more importantly, how to keep their employees safe. What employers need right now is going to be very different from what they may need in eight weeks or a year from now. Next year an office may need a complete redesign. Businesses looking to bring employees back to the office should utilize best practices to keep their workforce safe. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends: - Return employees gradually, not all at once - Implement Health Screenings - Temperature Checks - Disinfect and Clean Workspaces…
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DIY Landscape Ideas

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We all know the saying April showers bring May flowers. So, let’s start thinking about DIY landscaping for our home or office. There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, the climate in the Chicago region, and your personal design taste, but there are certain steps you can take to make your yard look fabulous. Good landscape designs are anchored by focal points. One of the hottest trends is to use water features as a focal point. Water features are not only visually appealing but add soothing sounds. Using pre-formed rigid plastic liners, durable pumps, flexible tubing, and cheap fountains, they're also a lot easier to install than you think.   Plants for all Seasons Make sure you're planting something of interest in each of the…
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Construction Considered Essential Workers During the Coronavirus

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The federal government recently released a list of critical infrastructure industries whose workers are “essential” and should continue normal work schedules during the coronavirus. The list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continue critical infrastructure viability. Illinois considers construction essential, too. According to Executive Order No. 12, Essential Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to…Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations. Construction is essential for a community’s success.…
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Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

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With all the talk about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we put together a list of strategies to help keep your office and employees safe.   Recommended COVID-19 strategies for employers: Keep workplaces clean and hygienic: • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. Promote regular and thorough handwashing: • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and staying home when sick, at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to…
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Workplace Winter Safety Tips

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Slips and falls happen year-round, but winter ice and snow create a more hazardous environment that increases the risk of injuries for your employees. We put together a list of workplace winter safety tips for employers and employees. A proactive safety plan that addresses slips and falls not only enhances worker safety but also minimizes potential costs from workers’ compensation and fines.   Employer Winter Safety Tips Walkways An active effort needs to be made to prevent ice build-up on walkways, de-icing walkways, and clearing walkways. Make sure all walkways and passageways are clearly marked and well lit. Remove Hazards Keep all walkways, stairways and other work areas cleared of ice and snow. Before you shovel the snow at your workplace, do some stretching exercises first. When your muscles are…
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Holiday Party Planning for Your Business

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Holiday parties can be a memorable celebration for most companies. You create an experience that not only boosts company morale but also increases employee satisfaction. There are several things to consider when planning your party, and the price is always a factor. Companies with a small staff and a small budget can still host a memorable holiday party that packs big fun. Start with the Basics for Your Holiday Party When planning your holiday party, start with the basics. You need to create a plan with details for the employee holiday party. Theme, venue, time, date, guest count, food and beverages, decor, and agenda must all be considered before you begin to plan your event. • Do you want a theme for your holiday party? • Should we decorate the…
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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers and Drink Recipes

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If you are preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends and need a few last-minute appetizers and drink ideas, we put a few together for you. For starters, there are cranberry brie bites, a turkey veggie tray, or a turkey cheese ball, all easy to make. Your guests will love the Thanksgiving-themed drinks. Start with an apple pie martini or Thanksgiving punch, and end the evening with a glass of spiked mulled cider. Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes   Cranberry Brie Bites Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 8-oz wheel Brie 1 17.25-oz package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed All-purpose flour, for dusting ⅓ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line 2 baking sheets…
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Energy Efficiency Tips to Save You Money

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By making a few upgrades to your home or office, you can save money on your utility bills and improve energy efficiency. As a business owner or homeowner, it is important to keep your office or home running efficiently. Energy efficiency will help you save money on your utility bills and help the environment thrive. Earlier this month was Energy Efficiency Day, a time to think about making some key upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your home or office. According to Wallet Hub, “In the United States, energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income.” Money Management states, “If you’re working with a budget, and trust me, you should be, your utility costs should be no more than 8-10 percent of your monthly…
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Top Trends for the Construction Industry

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General Contractors and builders have to keep up with the latest trends in the construction industry in order to stay ahead of the competition. In 2019, construction companies and builders are more inclined towards integrating new technologies into their construction projects in order to transform their operations. Incorporating the latest industry trends and technologies enables Albrite Building and others to excel in their work. Here are some of the latest construction trends transforming the ways in which projects are planned, designed, and executed.   Green Construction Green construction is rising in 2019. Its purpose is to build environmentally friendly and resource-efficient projects that involve every aspect of construction from planning and design to execution, demolition, and cleanup. Green construction practices greatly benefit the environment, as 20 percent of global emissions…
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Home Renovations and Remodeling Trends

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Are you looking for a home renovations and remodeling company? Any renovation project regardless of the size can be overwhelming. Whether it is a kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation, or a laundry room remodeling project. Albrite Building can assure you that your job will be done precisely, efficiently, and exactly how you envisioned it.   Kitchen Renovations Kitchen Cabinets Did you know that more than 40 percent of homeowners choose white cabinets when renovating their kitchen? While white is still the top choice for cabinet color, no two whites are created equal. Many paint companies offer over 100 shades of white paints. Some homeowners are moving away from the bright whites and selecting an off-white. Creamy, off-white cabinets with other warm finishes like wood and a blue-gray tile create a calm…
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