Participants in ManageMen’s (OS1) Trainer and Coach Class learn cleaning science and what it takes to operate a successful (OS1) Program.
About Andi Curry
Andi Curry is a freelance communications expert with more than 20 years of experience working with end-users, distributors and manufacturers in the cleaning industry. She has interviewed and profiled more than 100 cleaning professionals through her work with the International Executive Housekeepers Association, which has offered her great insight into the unique issues faced at the facility level. Andi then went on to Mulberry Marketing Communications where she worked directly with several industry manufacturers to develop and lead their public relations and marketing campaigns.
“We met Andi several years ago and have had the opportunity to work with her and utilize her industry knowledge.” said Ben Walker, ManageMen’s Director of Special Projects. “Her passion for the industry is fueled by the people who work in it and its broader impact on the environment and public health. We look forward to adding Andi to
Entries by Andi Curry
Having spent most of our professional careers working with custodians, we have seen the symptoms for years. Disrespect, feelings of invisibility, low morale—cleaning workers hold one of the most critical positions in maintaining public health and safety, but because they’re paid and treated like dispensable workers, most don’t understand the value of their work. Many […]
As regulations begin to loosen and signs of normalcy begin to appear following the pandemic, officials have started to look at how we can reduce the impact of a future pandemic. That’s a good thing—this type of response has led to a number of public health and safety measures over our history. For example, after […]
Throughout the pandemic, our news feeds were inundated with headlines and articles telling tales of cleaning workers were on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom were ill-equipped for the task. Custodians were “nervous as hell,” said one headline. “No Bleach, Dirty Rags: How Some Janitors Are Asked to Keep You Virus-Free” told […]
Should we care about dirty schools? Well, the short answer is yes, but probably not for the reasons you think. While visible dirt may keep students and staff from feeling positive about their environment (known as topophilia), a growing body of evidence has found that dirty schools may pose larger challenges— resulting in things like […]
Why work for any custodial operation when you can work for an (OS1) team? Recently, we’ve heard stories of custodial workers moving across the country just so they can work for an (OS1) facility. Why? Because it gives them the assurance that the program values their work, has the systems in place to ensure a […]
In 1971, Coke produced the “Hilltop” television commercial. Even if you weren’t alive then, you have likely heard the jingle sung by a group of teenagers singing looking like Julie Andrews in the mountains during Sound of Music. “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony.” With troops still in Vietnam, the […]
As of Jan. 30, it’s been exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency. At that point, we didn’t know much about the virus. No one had any idea how drastically their lives would change less than two months later. From the start, the CDC has maintained […]
“How long should it take a cleaning worker to vacuum the floors in a 1,000 square foot room?” “How many custodians do I need to clean a new building?” “How can I balance the workload to make sure that everyone has an equitable set of tasks?” These are just a few of the common questions […]
2020: A year that will go down in the history books. That couldn’t be more true for custodial professionals who suddenly were thrust onto the public stage as a pandemic took hold throughout the world. The same goes for most of us in the cleaning industry—while manufacturers battled unprecedented demands on the supply chain, others […]