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4 tips for fighting workplace bullying

4 tips for fighting workplace bullying

John Egan July 9, 2014 0

Workplace bullying is running rampant, and it could be harming your self-storage business. A new study by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, co-authors of “Crucial Conversations” and “Influencer,” revealed that 96 percent of workers

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10 tips for boosting occupancy at your facility

10 tips for boosting occupancy at your facility

Jay MacDonald July 7, 2014 0

What’s the best way to boost the occupancy at your self-storage facility? We put this question to three industry veterans: Anne Ballard, president of marketing, training and developmental services at Universal Storage Group, a storage operator; Jim Chiswell,

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Solar power is heating up in the self-storage industry

Solar power is heating up in the self-storage industry

Beth Mattson-Teig July 2, 2014 4

The self-storage industry is tuning in to the potential savings of solar power. Owners both large and small are finding a way to put rooftops to use to slash energy bills and boost net

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Consultant Mark Beck: Self-storage rental rates to become ‘more aggressive’

Consultant Mark Beck: Self-storage rental rates to become ‘more aggressive’

Jay MacDonald July 1, 2014 0

If you want a clear picture of what’s ahead in the self-storage industry, Mark Beck might be your guy. A veteran storage consultant who unwinds by pursuing his passion for photography, Beck has seen

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Storage and fireworks: A bad combination

Storage and fireworks: A bad combination

John Egan June 30, 2014 0

Storage and fireworks don’t mix. But that doesn’t stop some people from stashing Fourth of July explosives in storage units. For instance: In 2010, authorities in Cypress, CA, seized about 2,800 pounds of illegal

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6 tips for making the most of your vacation

6 tips for making the most of your vacation

John Egan June 26, 2014 0

It sure would be nice head to the mountains in Colorado or the beaches in Mexico this summer, wouldn’t it? But with self-storage facilities in the midst of busy season, you likely don’t have

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Obamacare’s ‘employee choice’ option for small businesses delayed in 18 states

Obamacare’s ‘employee choice’ option for small businesses delayed in 18 states

John Egan June 11, 2014 0

Federal officials are letting 18 states delay the “employee choice” option in the small business health insurance program set up under Obamacare. “The Small Business Health Options Program is Obamacare’s neglected stepchild,” Politico reported. “As

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Are you prepared for the boom in the population of aging Baby Boomers?

Are you prepared for the boom in the population of aging Baby Boomers?

Emmet Pierce June 10, 2014 0

America’s Baby Boomers are expected to put many of their possessions in self-storage units as they retire and downsize their homes. That could mean a boom, of sorts, in the storage business. The boomers make

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How to prevent lying, cheating and stealing among your facility’s employees

How to prevent lying, cheating and stealing among your facility’s employees

Deb Hipp June 9, 2014 3

What’s your worst employee nightmare? Maybe it’s a manager who robs customers’ storage units. It could be a worker who steals from your business or downloads porn on the company computer. What about a

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Can ‘mystery shopping’ benefit your storage facility?

Can ‘mystery shopping’ benefit your storage facility?

Liz Wolf May 22, 2014 1

Donna Baker, senior operations manager at SKS Management, uses mystery shoppers as an extra set of objective eyes and ears for the 20 self-storage properties that the Oakland, CA-based company manages in California and

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