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12/18/2012

Facility Management New Year’s Resolutions

 
Are you ready for a new year of facility management opportunities and challenges?

2013 is almost here.  Are you ready with a handful of facility management resolutions? What changes will you make in 2013?  Where’s the value?  KBM Facility Solutions has announced the top six New Year’s resolutions for facility managers.  

 

1.            Pilot a new project. Don’t be afraid to be a pilot for new ideas, processes, procedures and product. Testing new programs, such as a new way to clean carpets or train staff, can provide you with insight into new ways of doing things. Draw upon the expertise of your cleaning contractor or partners to identify new and innovative ideas and attend industry events that highlight new innovations and trends. This can achieve goals, be less expensive and set you apart from your peers.

2.            Refine your request for proposal (RFP) process. Before you put out a bid for cleaning services, carefully select and vet vendors. Narrow your participants to no more than five companies that you know could fulfill all aspects of compliance and may have other intangible benefits like certifications, cultural alignment or industry involvement. Vetting vendors in advance can save time and energy reviewing proposals and checking the references of unqualified vendors.

3.            Talk less, listen more. There are many innovative was to accomplish things, so it can pay to listen to the contractor and/or cleaning workers who are actually performing the work. If you do not already have a feedback channel established, set up an ongoing meeting or a suggestion box and solicit ideas. Recognize and reward individuals with good ideas to help incentivize participation.

4.            Increase audit frequencies. If you use a cleaning contractor, identify what your current contractor is benchmarking against. Work with your contractor to establish agreed upon benchmarks and performance indicators. Work together to develop or refine reporting tools used to improve alignment.

5.            Consider partial day cleaning. When done correctly, day cleaning can be a socially and environmentally sustainable practice. It can reduce the amount of energy and electricity required to heat or cool a building in the evening hours, which saves money. It also gives cleaning workers the opportunity to work during the day so they can be home with their families in evening hours, which improves communities. However, when evaluating day cleaning options, also consider costs for more expensive day labor, program communication and building inhabitant culture.

6.            Learn the difference between “green” and “sustainable.” Just because a product is marketed as “green” doesn’t mean it is “sustainable” for your business. For example, certain chemical concentrates might be “green” because they eliminate water shipment, but if the concentrate is not properly diluted when used (e.g., too much or too little water is added), it can result in waste or risk to employees. In general, “green” products will typically be supported by “sustainable” programs that ensure the whole system is safe for employees and the environment—take the time to understand the difference.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating’s new H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide year-round comfort, even in extreme climates. With 100% heating capacity down to 0° F outdoor ambient and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F, our hyper-heating systems bring highly responsive multi-zone comfort to your projects, regardless of climate zone.

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