As a small business owner, deciding whether to enlist the help of a company that offers facilities management services can be challenging. Indeed, though their knowledge and service offerings could save you time and make you more efficient, they can also add to your company’s expenditure at a time when you need to be watching every penny. In these highly unusual times, having an expert – more often than not – makes financial sense. Below, we’ve rounded up six ways facilities management companies can help you during COVID-19…
- Professional cleaning
Perhaps one of the most important services a good FM provider can offer is professional cleaning. Failure to maintain your premises to the highest possible standards could result not only in unnecessary infections and subsequent close-downs but potential lawsuits if you’re failing to protect the health of your staffers and customers. What’s more, freeing up your team from cleaning responsibilities will give them more time to serve your valued customers.
- Workplace design and social distancing
As professionals return to the workplace, having a workplace design specialist on hand to monitor your working environment and make changes to accommodate social distancing rules is another benefit. If your workers sit too closely together, you could increase the chances of them contracting coronavirus. Sit them too far away, and you won’t be able to operate at a profitable capacity. FMs can install desk dividers and more to help you out.
- Queue management
Retailers have introduced a number of revolutionary methods during the pandemic such as traffic light systems and click-and-collect from your car methods, but if you’re still struggling with queues or in-store policing of social distancing and mask-wearing, having an FM team could equip you with the knowledge and personnel you need during these challenging times.
- Site security
Security should be at the forefront of what you do. Police forces have reported a surge in burglaries during the pandemic, particularly amongst sites which have temporarily shut down. If you’ve mothballed a facility or are operating at limited capacity, having security personnel monitoring your facility could give you peace of mind and protect your assets.
- Safe maintenance
From increasing the airflow speed of your fans and ventilators to maintaining your equipment and facilities, professionals can visit your site at a time that suits your needs. It could be that you and your FM provider work together to service your equipment after hours – allowing you to stay open and trade as usual, rather than limiting trading time and sacrificing revenue
- 24/7 support and advice
Finally, choosing to work with a facilities management company allows you to take advantage of their industry knowledge and advice. Whatever challenge your business is under, you’ll be able to speak to someone who has worked with dozens of other firms in a similar position, and they’ll hopefully guide you through any issues you’re facing. Of course, FM companies aren’t business coaches or financial advisors, but the chances are they’ve dealt with a scenario similar to yours relating to the practical side of running a business.
Deciding whether to work with an FM provider can be tough, but it more often than not pays off. Check back soon for more advice on running a successful business in difficult times.