The majority of companies benefit greatly from facilities management. Within any facilities management company there is a facilities manager who has control of the general day-to-day organisation of a business, including the delivery of services. The nature of the job is different depending on the sector, but the job itself is always highly important.
Facilities management incorporates many things with the intention being that a company is safe, legally compliant, and heading in the right direction – or maintaining success. Among other duties, facilities management ensures that a business:
- Meets its environmental goals.
- Keeps within its financial budget.
- Complies with the law.
- Has a plan in place with goals to strive for.
- Provides a safe and positive environment for employees.
Without a facilities manager, a business could find the above objectives difficult to manage, maintain or even achieve. Below we look into why a facilities manager is so essential for a business and its success.
With strategic planning in place, it is much clearer to evaluate a business’s progress over time. Facilities management can identify short-term and long-term objectives, specific to the business – such as boosting team morale, cutting costs, or enhancing the productivity of employees. They will also help a business to meet these goals. With strategic planning a business can flourish, without it, it can sink.
Managing Day-to-Day Operations
A facility manager will likely be highly involved in the day-to-day running of a business. It is probable they will have a large number of essential duties, including:
- Stock checking and ordering
- Ensuring the company is complying with UK guidance and legislation
- Planning, coordinating, and directing essential business services, such as; mail, recycling and waste disposal, and site cleaning.
- Ensuring that staff and the work environments are safe
- Implementing and enforcing health and safety procedures
- Carry our risk assessments
- Organise security, maintenance, and repairs of the building and premises
With a good facilities manager in place, the overall operational efficiency of a company is improved and a business can run more seamlessly. They play a key part in a companies success by ensuring that the business runs at optimum performance, is in line with Government legislation, meets targets, and sticks within budget.
Well ran facilities management will create a safe, welcoming, and appealing environment for employees and for customers – plenty of stock, clean areas, and well-maintained equipment are all part of their duties and all increase employee productivity and customer retention. In addition to this, a facilities manager will ensure that all employees are adhering to health and safety protocols, have a good sense of morale, and are happy in their work. If there is a problem on the ground floor, it is often the role of the facility manager to rectify the issue and find the most convenient, affordable, and safe solution. The facilities manager will also ensure a good stock level, safe building, and overall well ran operation.