As a facilities management company, you know better than anyone just how small the margins are which means you constantly need to be looking for ways to improve your efficiency and innovate. If it feels as though your facilities management company has become somewhat stagnant, then it’s time to take a look at these five simple ways to turn things around and become more efficient.
1. Focus on the Building Itself
When looking for ways to become more efficient, it’s common to look to your staff, your internal systems, and practices, but there are other ways to become efficient. Smart buildings are not only innovative, but they are the key to the future. Smart buildings make use of automated systems and technology in order to reduce the amount of waste and become more energy efficient. This in turn will save your company money.
2. Encourage Your Staff to Become Engaged
Rather than a workplace where people show up because it’s their job and they “have” to be there, why not find a way to engage with them and provide them with inspiration and motivation? Once an employee starts to feel engaged at work, and as though they matter, their job performance will increase substantially. Not only that, but you will likely have a much smaller turnover, which will save the company money again.
3. Consider Automating
Automating can be a huge factor in helping to make your company more efficient. The idea is that you streamline processes, make them faster and easier, and in turn you may be able to cut-out some steps. Set up an inventory management software to remind you when you need to order new plastic pallets for shipping, or new boxes for packing. Use another piece of software to automate your staff hours and payments. The more you automate, the easier and more efficient life will be for both your HR department and your staff.
4. Be Mindful of Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is an important way to identify future issues with your equipment so they don’t balloon out of control. It’s important to be aware of the condition of your computers, for example, so that you can replace them before they crash, and you risk losing data and take a hit to your productivity. It’s a good idea to build a maintenance plan into your business so this is done on a regular basis. Maintenance will be much cheaper than repairs and will keep your business working as well as it should.
5. Look into Mobile Workforce Options
The days of sitting at a desk Monday through Friday 9am-5pm are gone. Today companies are adapting to mobile workforces, making use of wearable technology, cloud computing, and other tools that allow them to work remotely. This technology will keep the workforce connected yet allows them the freedom to work from anywhere. Not only that, it can save the company money since you don’t need a large space to house all the employees.
Keep these tips in mind if you want your facilities management company to become more efficient.