Being a part of the business world, you would have invariably heard the term ‘Facility Management’ crop up from time to time. Whether it is a retail outlet, a shopping mall, a movie theatre or a large corporate building, facility management is the backbone that keeps operations running smoothly and comfortably throughout the premises.
As a system, it is a relatively new approach. Let’s find out how facility management works and why do you need it.
According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), facility management is “a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure the functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.’
Going by that definition, facility management for a large office complex would integrate housekeeping, waste management, parking, cafeteria, power supply, security and so on.
An efficient, robust and technologically advanced asset management software is critical for any organization looking to improve its output, employee motivation and public image. Now that you know what it is, let us also look at the benefits:
Efficiently managed facilities are critical to creating the first impression of your business among your visitors. For instance, poorly maintained parking access, non-functional elevators or chipping paint can portray a company as outdated and poorly performing. Whereas, manicured lawns, proactive parking assistants and sparkling clean premises will create the picture of a successful and contemporary business for visitors.
Well-managed facilities are going to be a tremendous boost to an organization’s efficiency. Imagine how productive will it be if the office printers are out of service or the internet connectivity is down to a crawl. On the other hand, the latest updated systems, hygienic washrooms and smudge-free corridors will create a positive and productive ambience.
Boost employee morale
It would surprise you to know how impactful the facility management system’s efficiency can be on employee morale. Highly efficient, clean, comfortable and responsive facility management can make the employees feel proud about their workplace and also improve their job satisfaction and sense of safety.
With all the required facilities and equipment provided to employees, they feel more motivated and empowered to deliver superior performance.
Often it costs less to maintain what is available than to spend repeatedly on fixing the broken things. For instance, if there is constant leakage or clogged washrooms, then it costs a lot to maintain and also creates an adverse impact on employee morale and the image among the business visitors.
Further, it reduces the wastage of man-hours and improves the organization’s overall cost saving.
In today’s time, the best way to choose a facility management system is to opt for a technology-driven program that considers all the sub-systems such as energy consumption, hygiene, sanitation, and creates a sense of holistic wellness throughout the premises.
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