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SWA Y Series: Why Green?

The second installment of the important ‘Y’ Series, SWA lets you know why you should go green and why you should care.

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SWA Y Series: Why Outsource Janitorial Services?

The first of the new and all important ‘Y’ Series, SWA lets you know why outsourcing janitorial services is a great idea and all the hidden benefits that come with it.

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Five Wonderful Websites

Giving back to the community can be fairly difficult when your time is limited and you’re feeling under the weather. Not everyone has the time or ability to attend certain events, and life can unexpectedly get in the way. However, there is a way that you can help do your part without lifting a single muscle (except for your finger.)

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Cleanliness and Disease Prevention

When the weather and seasons rapidly change, it is often easier to get sick. Don’t be fooled by the sunny weather outside and keep your jacket on! Cleanliness is important in preventing any disease’s early stage, ranging from the common cold to a new virus.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tips

What is the infamous ALS ice bucket challenge and what kind of impact does it leave on the environment and California? SWA presents our take and some helpful twists on the challenge!

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The Top Three #SomethingWorthAsking Blogs

Hey there! In the time since we started the #somethingworthasking blog; we’ve received numerous questions, ideas and have developed a number of helpful blogs. We’ve noted an outstanding response to our weekly posts— and have crunched all the numbers to share our top three blogs.

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What is the Value of Clean?

Our friends over at the ISSA, have put together a great video infographic showing the ‘Value of Clean’— check out the video below, and learn about how the SWA Advantage can save you thousands each year!

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Community Involvement: Hope Services

In our last blog, we shared SWA’s values and dedication in serving the community, in a variety of #payitforward campaigns, events and sponsorships. Last month, SWA sponsored the Hope Services Building Community Benefit Breakfast. Our team gathered on June 6, with approximately 500 others to celebrate the growth and achievements of Hope Services. At SWA, we look forward to sponsoring the Building Community Breakfast, and meeting an eclectic variety of keynote speakers and other sponsors.

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Community Involvement: AAWA

At SWA, we care deeply about our community, just as much as our planet. While we constantly seek to make environmentally responsible choices and improvements to our services, we also look to give comparable attention to the community around us as well. Annually, we participate in numerous events, sponsorships, and #payitforward campaigns, aiming to enrich the lives of those locally and internationally. We’ve taken elements from our core values: integrity, commitment, responsiveness and continuous improvement, and infused them with our Corporate Responsibility and company culture.

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4 Rewards for 1 Simple Task

If there was one simple and inexpensive task that could not only save you money instantly, but save hundreds of dollars down the road, drastically improve your air quality, and also help the environment— would you consider it? I believe that was a unanimous yes. Great news! These results can be achieved with less than five minutes of work. Break out your step ladder, because we’re going to change your air filters; it’s that easy!

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#SWAllstars on the Move

At SWA, we’re proud of our company culture and commitment to employee development, on both a personal and professional level. In our company mission, we speak to our dedication to our team, in addition to our preference of promoting from within. Our #SWAllstars, or SWA Allstars for the non-hashtag savvy folks, are the core and lifeblood of our organization. We’re grateful for our talented team, and are thrilled to share some of our rising stars with our loyal blog followers.

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7 Tips to Kick Spring Allergies to the Curb

If the dry, itchy eyes and incessant runny nose don’t get you down, the uncontrollable sneezing will. They’re here— Spring allergies. While most people experience these symptoms when the flowers bloom, common allergy triggers are present most of the year, and have little to do with the wisteria. Check out our blog for our 7 quick tips to squash those pollen particles!

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9 Blogs You Can't Miss

There’s a wide array of blogs on the internet— with topics ranging from DIY projects to Crockpot cooking and everything in-between. Whether you prefer helpful or humorous, there’s a blog for you. According to blogging super site, Wordpress, there are 409 million readers monthly; that’s a huge number! In developing our blog, Something Worth Asking, we looked to blogs that the office staff frequent; analyzing their look and feel, content and overall value. What better time to share our inspirational sites, than now?

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Above and Beyond: A Guide to Value Added Services

Not all facility maintenance companies are created equal and neither are their programs. At SWA, we strive to break the mold— to go above and beyond what’s required— to exceed your expectations, every time. While shopping around for janitorial, maintenance and specialty services, it’s important to align your potential vendors’ long term goals, values and core competencies with yours.

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How To: Refresh Your Space

The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, on the West Coast at least— Spring is in the air! With the change in season comes the dreaded Spring cleaning. While it’s the ideal time for getting organized, checking in on your quarterly preventative maintenance plan and testing your emergency protocols; Spring cleaning can also provide the perfect opportunity to refresh your space.

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How To: Stay Social

Like, follow, retweet— while it may sound like the back of a shampoo bottle to some, to others it’s their livelihood. With new social media channels seemingly popping up overnight, people have an app to fulfill their every social need. These apps, originally created to connect to friends and colleagues, are now growing into multi-billion dollar companies, and big businesses are jumping on board.

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How To: Prepare, Practice and Prevail

From power outages to gas leaks, earthquakes to fires, a disaster could happen at any moment with little or no warning at all. No, this post isn’t to scare you— but rather to inspire you to evaluate your emergency procedures. There are many components to a well-constructed plan in the event of a catastrophe listed above; here’s our top three:

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To Bid or Not to Bid

If you’re like the average employee in corporate America, your to-do list is a mile long, or worse, spread out across multiple post-its, scribbled on scrap papers or buried under mountains of paperwork. We look for ways to manage our task-lists better and relieve ourselves from the day to day stresses that can sometimes consume us. It may be time to consider your options when it comes to your building’s maintenance needs.

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How To: Get Fit at Your Desk

With the warmer months looming in the distance, a wave of panic washes over people. Fitness centers become increasingly populated and nachos are opted out for organic greens— bathing suit season is upon us. Now before you go making drastic changes, slashing calories or pounding the pavement for hours each day, check out a few quick and easy suggestions to stay healthy and get fit in the workplace.

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Sip 'n Save | Conserving California's Water

It’s written on the front page of every newspaper, on the golden brown hills and in the deep valleys that were once abundant reservoirs – California is in a severe drought. Governor Brown declared a state of emergency a short while ago and has asked citizens to opt for water conserving practices in this unseasonably dry Winter. At SWA, our commitment to being green goes beyond chemicals and electricity; we promote water saving practices as well!

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