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Posted: October 7, 2019
Facilities management is one of the fastest growing industries, but what are the emerging trends in this area and what do they mean for your business? Jill Wood, managing director of Signum, shares her thoughts.
Outsourcing and service integration
When it comes to managing the environment of any business, there are often multiple office-related processes and services that can be more effectively managed by one knowledgable specialist team or company. Put simply, outsourcing both planned and reactive facilities management maintenance can free up the time of internal staff so that they can focus on the strategic objectives of the business. This makes it extremely cost-effective, which, given the current challenges of the economic and political climate, is of crucial importance and is probably why this trend is on the rise.
Another significant trend is that the overall favoured contract term in this area is still three years, with companies looking to create long-term, trusted working partnerships. This preference is often due to the fact that true long-lasting collaborations mean that new strategies can be tested safely as the relationship grows. With this in mind, smaller FMs can build on this trust by maximising on the key components of outstanding customer service such as delivery, which can so often be lost with larger providers.
Another reason why long term contracts are increasingly popular is that best practice continually evolves in this sector, and as a result, it can be costly for companies to keep up. Signum Facilities Management pride themselves on keeping up to date with legislation and guidance so that customers can save on those investment costs and outsource to a trusted partner – one that can help through each stage of the business journey.
Optimising in-house employees
Challenges around talent recruitment and retention still exist, so the time to optimise in-house employees really is now. The value of a safe and comfortable environment is a major contributor to the happiness of a workforce and can enable them to reach their potential. The time and financial savings made from outsourcing to an FM company can be reinvested into employees, offering them a chance to boost their skills which is beneficial for both them and the business.
Make sure you’re ahead of the curve by partnering with Signum Facilities Management. We can help you streamline the daily operations of your organisation so that you can focus on your overarching business goals. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today to find out more about how we can help.