Facilities Maintenance (FM) services are vital to the success of any organisation. When effectively carried out, these services contribute to the delivery of strategic and operational objectives, and, on a day-to-day level, provide a safe and efficient working environment. FM services are essential to the performance and productivity of any business, whatever the size or scope.
What is FM?
According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), ‘facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.’ Therefore all activities required to keep spaces and structures in proper working condition, preventing failure and degradation, fall under the FM umbrella.
Why should I outsource?
More and more business owners are outsourcing their facility management tasks to specialized FM companies. This arrangement has become more common partly due to the increasing scope and complexity of facility management. The average business premises has become larger and more complicated, often relying on computerized and electronic support systems that require expertise to operate and repair. So why should you outsource?
Here are some benefits of effective FM services:
Cost savings – Building and equipment maintenance is usually the second largest expenditure of any business, after labour costs. By successfully implementing facilities management practices, a business can make enormous annual savings. By ensuring effective systems and equipment maintenance, reducing utility costs, eliminating expensive emergency service calls out, preventing down-time and possible legal issues, a FM system will allow significant cost savings in the long run.
Compliance – All commercial buildings in the UK have certain statutory requirements that must be adhered to. Non-compliance with these building maintenance requirements can land you in serious hot water. FM services that adhere to industry-leading best practices and the latest legislation, while proactively managing and monitoring all risks to minimise hazards, will prove invaluable. Facilities management companies have the expertise that help you eradicate the risk of falling foul of regulations, and the subsequent consequences.
Health and Safety – Whatever sort of business you run, there is always the possibility of an accident or unforeseen harm to employees’ health. Safety should never be an after-thought. A commitment to health and safety makes good business sense. Workplace safety is about much more than legislation. Responsible employers understand that a safe workplace is a more efficient, more focussed one, and so improves the bottom line. Facilities management services ensure your workplace is in compliance with all statutory Health and Safety regulations, and in so doing helps reduce the number of work-related illness and workplace injuries.
Core business – Operating your facilities management in-house can be costly for your business, in terms of time and money. Your business’ core activities should take priority throughout the working day. It’s probably not wise business practice to dilute resources by carrying out operations that you do not specialise in. Why not enlist the services of the people with the correct expertise? Focussing on your core business will be crucial to driving your business forward.
Going green – All businesses, from the biggest corporations down to SMEs, have their bit to do to work towards a carbon-zero future. One of the main issues surrounding commercial energy emissions is that most business owners are not trained facilities managers or sustainability experts, and are focussed on running their businesses and trying to stay afloat. The result is that many just don’t have the time, or resources, to focus on sustainability issues. FM companies will design and maintain integrated energy solutions for businesses, and so help them on the quest to go green. Not only is eco-friendly facilities management important for conserving our natural resources and reducing pollution, but it can be a major selling point for your business.
What makes a great FM services provider?
Providing a wide range of services, that are vital to business efficiency and performance, is a task that comes with great responsibility. Your FM provider must have a diverse set of competencies, as well as open channels of communication and must offer comprehensive support.
Voltix Services understand the importance of effective facilities management, and take an open partnership approach with all clients. This means that they work very closely with you to understand your business and what it needs. With experience across a diverse range of sectors, you can rest assured that they’ve got the expertise to deliver the very best service. Their highly experienced, directly employed technicians specialise in a broad range of disciplines. If you are looking for an effective, comprehensive and exceptional Facilities Maintenance service, look no further. Visit www.voltixservices.co.uk.