Facility Management is a process of managing and maintaining the facilities in an organisation. Facilities can include an office complex, physical resources at the company or site and any other mechanical and electrical utilities that can cause health or safety hazard to employees.
Facilities management has gained importance over the last few years. This is because businesses have identified that well-managed buildings and utilities help companies function effectively and efficiently. Facilities management teams consists of professionals involved in the day-to-day analysis, maintenance and repair of company utilities. The facilities management team should also actively be involved in strategic planning activities that help in cutting costs and increasing employee productivity.
Facilities management teams need to ensure all the facilities in an organisation are compliant with industry health and safety regulations. They should also ensure the complex has:
- disability access,
- fire prevention methods,
- emergency exit plan in place,
- effective waste disposal,
- control of hazardous substances, and
- maintenance of the company parking space.
Regular mechanical and electrical repairs along with property maintenance are also part of the services facilities team provides. In order to help the business achieve a competitive advantage and increase the overall worker productivity, companies must involve the facility manager in strategic decision-making.
Strategic role of facilities management
According to a Deloitte report on the Strategic Role of Facilities Management almost 75% of facilities professionals agreed that facilities management has a significant strategic impact. However, only around 20% of a facility manager’s time is spent in strategy and planning activities while a whopping 53% is spent on the regular day-to-day operations.
To increase the time facility managers can spend on strategic planning, businesses need effective facility management software that will free up time spent on day-to-day operations. Effective facility management software allows professionals to perform assessments, as well as track and manage the company property and utilities. This saves facility managers time and enables them to be effectively involved in making decisions for business continuity and progress.
The end goal for any business is to cut costs, improve staff productivity and increase ROI. An effective facilities management process is vital to an organisation. This is because it covers almost all the business aspects, and their role in strategic planning helps a company achieve their business objectives.
Facilities maintenance software for efficient, safe and productive operations
Empower IT Solutions has been helping organisations improve their facility management process for over a decade. We’ve partnered with WorkBuddy, a facilities maintenance software tool that was designed specifically for this purpose. WorkBuddy helps businesses organise, control and coordinate the strategic and operational management of facilities.
Why wait any longer?
WorkBuddy offers a rich feature-set solution supporting the assessment requirements for all operations departments. If you are interested in implementing WorkBuddy or just improving your facility management efficiency, contact our team on 1300 797 838.