Recently, our offices were asked to remove the extra clutter and “stuff” that dominated areas of much-needed and precious space. Yes, there were large scale items such as desks, filing cabinets, and chairs that had gone unoccupied for years, but we were used to seeing these items and their presence hadn’t bothered us.

Recently, our offices were asked to remove the extra clutter and “stuff” that dominated areas of much-needed and precious space. Yes, there were large scale items such as desks, filing cabinets, and chairs that had gone unoccupied for years, but we were used to seeing these items in their particular spaces and their presence didn’t bother us.

So, the day was chosen to take on this monumental task. Two full truckloads later, I now see the importance and underlying benefits of decluttering your work environment, and thus, your mind.

Speaking of streamlining, BNP Media, the parent company TILE Magazine, recently announced a partnership with BirdDog Career Centers. During its 14-year history, BirdDog has helped more than 3,500 employers in specialized industries (such as ours) move to a strategy of planned hiring. In addition, the combined BirdDog family of sites and solutions has attracted more than 100,000 job seekers.

“We are excited to partner with BirdDog to provide job placement and career counseling solutions for our markets,” said BNP Media Publishing Director Tim Fausch. Companies seeking employees or job seekers can access the Career Center by clicking on the BNP/BirdDog widget found on TILE’s homepage at www.tilemagonline.com.

“The collective audience from our flooring, tile, stone, construction, mechanical systems, and maintenance brands approaches 1 million subscribers or Web site visitors,” added Fausch. “By partnering with BirdDog, we will help those pros solve employment challenges so they can focus more intently on serving their customers.”

Also on the efficiency front is the newly minted partnership between BNP Media and Mike Rowe, host of cable show Dirty Jobs, to supply blogs for his Web site Trades Hub (tradeshub.mikeroweworks.com). The site is dedicated to championing the cause of the skilled trades. Through those experiences, combined with a legacy of a carpenter grandfather, he developed a passion for the skilled trades. With the launch of the Trades Hub site, he is connecting tradesmen and women from even more trades by providing additional content from a number of selected trade media.

Specifically, Trades Hub is dedicated to providing high quality trades-focused content, centralized information, and business- and career-building news and stories. In short, Trades Hub will be collecting all kinds of blogs, articles, and news stories relating to the trades, by the trades, and for the trades.

Finally, a reminder to join TILE Magazine and 10 other BNP Media publications August 4 (9 am- 4 pm ET)as we bring back the ultimate green virtual show, focusing on Green Schools. Visit exhibitors, network with peers, attend educational webinars, earn CEU credits and more. For more information, or to register, visit www.TheVirtualGreenExpo.com.