Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits - employee training

Fostering a Culture of Learning Pays Bottom-Line Benefits

Many see employee training as a necessary evil – a boring to-do that interferes with “real” work and often ends up on a back burner, or at best is limited to checking the boxes of required courses completed. But the truth is that an engaging, effective employee training program of ongoing learning is vital to motivating,[]

A Season for Giving Back: Property Charity Events Ideas

The apartment industry has traditionally been a big participator in charitable endeavors, especially when it comes to this time of the year. Later this month, the Apartment Association of Metro Denver will host its “Ugly Holiday Sweater & Comedy Night Power Mixer” to benefit pediatric brain tumor research. Members are urged to dig out those[]

7 Helpful Tips to Prevent Fires from Alternative Heating Sources

A warm blast of direct heat does wonders to take the chill off an apartment. But that flow of warm air from a space heater or other heating device can be damaging – and deadly – if left unattended or misused. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other fire prevention advocates warn that heating[]

Marketing Trends Coming to Multifamily in 2015

It has been a good year, especially for the world of marketing. We’ve seen how digital media disrupted apartment marketing in 2014, and how social media has grown in both popularity and usage, giving property managers more ways to engage with residents. Now for the upcoming new year, what marketing trends are on the horizon[]

The Big Changes Coming to Water Heater Standards

Replacing an apartment water heater that is already a tight fit may pose a big challenge for properties starting next year. With the addition of more insulation, residential water heaters are expected to grow to meet National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 efficiency mandates that go into effect April 16, 2015. Water heater manufacturers[]

Got Game? Three Secrets to Gamification in Multifamily

What is Gamification? Gamification is the use of game mechanics and design techniques to motivate people to solve problems or achieve certain goals. It is a key enterprise technology category that Gartner research firm has picked to mature over the next 5-10 years. Gartner’s Hype Cycle suggests gamification has traveled past the Peak of Inflated[]

4 Facts About Pond Fishing to Replace Top Performers

Losing top performing property management employees, who have long standing and “legacy expertise” within a company, can be difficult. Especially when top performers jump ship for your competitor. After the shock, anger, hard feelings, and the temptation to lure them back wears off, you are still left with an often ginormous vacancy. Some immediately start[]

How Smart Lockers are Making Package Delivery Easier

The holiday package rush in the past few years has grown to such proportions that one amenity that many apartments typically provide residents is becoming difficult to manage. An improving economy is no doubt a reason why the nation’s leading parcel services anticipate delivering about 10 million more packages during the holiday season. The idea[]

Weathering the Ice Melt Shortage this Winter

The weather outside is already frightful for some parts of the country, and leaner supplies of ice melt aren’t helping. Severe winter weather last year and earlier this year along with increased usage of calcium chloride in oil and gas fracking are depleting supplies of ice melt products. The chemical is a salt of calcium[]

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