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Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian

Melissa McCarthy joins Sebastian


Published April 27, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

We are thrilled to announce that Melissa McCarthy has joined Sebastian as Customer Relationship Executive. Mel’s role will be to work with our clients and future clients to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality, reliable and relevant cleaning and property related services. In joining the team, Mel brings tremendous enthusiasm, professionalism and insight into the Corporate Real Estate arena, where her talent for identifying key business drivers really comes to the fore. Please welcome Mel to our team when she meets with you.

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Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge

Matt Marsh conquers Three Peaks Challenge


Published April 23, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

Matt Marsh, our Managing Director recently participated in the Event information run by our Charity Partner Whitelion. Matt, with 80 Victorians and a further 80 New South Welshmen and women took part in the very challenging event, which covers the 3 highest peaks in each of the ACT (Mt Tennent), New South Wales (Mt Kosciuszko) and Victoria (Mt Bogong) all within 33 hours over 2 days In what could be described as atrocious conditions, Matt was one of the ones able to accomplish the feat. Whilst doing the Three Peaks Challenge, Matt also helped raise nearly $1/4 Million, which will enable Whitelion to positively affect thousands of young disadvantaged people to lead better lives. To donate to Whitelion, you can go to www.whitelion.asn.au or you can help our Sales & Marketing Director...

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Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws

Bosses who rip off workers to face jail under new laws


Published March 7, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

The following article by Jeff Salton about worker rip-off has been sent to me by a colleague. Thanks Jeff for highlighting this issue and pending legislation if Jay Weatherall gets re-elected. We fully support any legislation that helps tidy up the practice of sham contracting. Then we might have a fair and level playing field.  There is no Super being paid, there is no payroll tax being paid. Let’s hope that through this, the Governments get to clean up some of the scummy practices these “wage and employment conditions”cheats use.  Surely bringing in international students and helping them become shareholders in a business (therefore being paid a dividend and not the subject of wage investigation by FWO). Wednesday 7 March, 2018: Bosses who rip off workers to face jail...

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For some time we have been speaking about our environmental cleaning program, but lets get back to the basics and talk about the indoor air quality. Most people thinking about cleaning in an environmentally-friendly manner still continue cleaning using “Green Seal” chemicals and mostly traditional methods, using mops and buckets and splash a bit of product around, maybe spray air freshener to make the place “smell nice”. Not us, we use microfibre cleaning systems, HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners and cleaning fluids that are effectively made up of either salt, water and electricity, or ozonated water. Think salt water chlorination of a swimming pool versus a traditional chlorine-intensive pool. This means that people breathe easier as the indoor air quality improves,...

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How important is the use of bleach in cleaning? How important is the use of bleach in cleaning?

How important is the use of bleach in cleaning?


Published March 1, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

Time and again clients and staff tell us that they need bleach to clean with. At Sebastian Property Services, we maintain that bleach is not a cleaner and from our perspective, using bleach can be harmful to staff and our clients’ surfaces. We found this really good article on another website out of the States. It’s pretty emphatic that bleach is not the cleaner that most people think it is and confirms our non-use of bleach in all but the most critical of situations.   A well-known expert in our area, when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, “When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach.” We have seen FEMA handing out gallons of Clorox to flood-victims. Lowe’s and Home Depot stock up pallets of the...

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How much does it really cost to employ a cleaner? How much does it really cost to employ a cleaner?

How much does it really cost to employ a cleaner?


Published January 16, 2018 | By Matt Marsh

In response to the often asked question of: “Why is it so expensive to clean our office, school, shop, aged care facility or anything for that matter”, I though it would be good to share a white paper written several years ago and used extensively in educating procurers of services. Whilst written primarily to reflect cleaning wages, this can be extrapolated for just about any service. Contrary to what can be found on international websites that promote working as a cleaner in Australia for $4 – $12 wage per hour, this is not legal. It is far from ethical. It is grossly unfair on the person who is led to believe that the land of milk and honey, that Australia genuinely is, is a place that you can go and work for these extortionist wages and enjoy some sort of lifestyle. And...

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How much is an hour’s labour worth? How much is an hour’s labour worth?

How much is an hour’s labour worth?


Published January 16, 2018 | By Campbell Wilson

How much is an hour’s labour worth? Keeping your head above water in business is often easier than you believe. What it requires is a deep understanding of the basic numbers that matter, such as labour costs. Over the last 25 years of working with the property services sector, I am constantly amazed by how little understanding many people who should know, in fact NEED to know, have about the things that matter most when developing a service offering. Take for example the most basic of items that every business has: The cost of one hour’s labour, not just what it actually costs, but how much they must sell that labour for in order to make a return and possibly not put the family home at greater risk than it already is by being in business. That may seem melodramatic, but think about it...

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