Facilities management has become infinitely more intricate in the last few years, and the current pandemic has not made running a facility any easier.
While there are endless configurations of the ideal Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) program, you will want to find IFM services that can be tailored to your unique requirements across a range of asset types. You will also want to work with a Facilities Management company that will expand and contract services with you and adapt quickly when the world or your organization needs something new.
Have more time to operate the business and engage employees
It’s obvious that managing one provider that can meet all the needs of your facility is a lot easier than working with dozens or hundreds of providers that are one-offs or who manage one or two things throughout your facility.
Let’s say you are trying to reopen your facility after it has been closed partially or fully for the pandemic. Where do you start?
Well, first we suggest you read Reopen Responsibly, A "New Normal" Guide for Safe and Healthy Workplaces, but beyond that, your plate will be full. There will be contractors for landscaping, outside facility care, installing sanitation stations, cleaning, HVAC, space management, plumbing, and the list goes on.
If you could make one call and have your list completely taken care of, that would save you hours, if not days of phone calls, scheduling management, contracts, monitoring, walkthroughs, etc.
Even if you use a dozen providers all the time, there is the issue with each of those providers working within the technology of your facility, your CMMS (computerized maintenance management system), your employees and each other.
Work will be done by trained professionals
Don’t worry about checking out reviews, keeping up with dozens of liability insurance documents, or even not knowing who to hire for a specific circumstance. A single-source IFM company can take the reins to manage everyone working on your facility and help alleviate all your headaches.
When your single-source IFM company hires or contracts people to work on your facility or equipment, they know that they also take on the responsibility for that person and their work.
Companies like Flagship take the time to train their employees, work with them on a consistent basis, and help them improve and grow. We have also established strong contractor relationships with expert professionals to deal with those extreme problems. Even before day one, Flagship will be onsite researching and working with your advance team to scope existing challenges and spot opportunities for rapid improvement.
Improve technology, data, analytics and reporting
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could look at one dashboard and see everything that is happening at your facility in real time? That is possible with a single-source IFM company that implements facilities technology that integrates with your CMMS.
There are a lot of different areas that can benefit from technology and the internet of things (IoT). In a large organization, while it’s not easy, it’s important to continuously track what equipment needs maintenance and when it needs it. Improving the technology throughout the facility can help to ensure that small mistakes don’t turn into costly ones.
With the right technology, you’ll be able to instantly recognize when something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. You can preset temperature benchmarks or operational benchmarks, which will quickly alert you to any trouble.
At any time, you can see what jobs have been completed, upcoming maintenance or disinfection jobs, scheduled maintenance down time and the usage of certain areas, machines or rooms. This allows you to operate on “use” versus “time” and ensure your resources are being used in the best way at the right time.
Self-performed IFM saves you money and time
It may go against everything you were ever taught but hiring a professional IFM team will not always cost more than doing it yourself. Especially when you consider everything that is involved when establishing and managing internal teams.
Most nationwide companies have a strong system for hiring and training employees, a great understanding of technology, a network of product suppliers and contractors.
All these things work in their benefits when providing services to you. Check out more benefits of working with a self-performed IFM company in the short video: IFM Benefits – What is Integrated Facilities Management?
Now it is possible that a public company that has to please stockholders, produce dividends and pay out large bonuses may not always have your best interest in mind. But a private company like Flagship only reports to you, and making sure you’re pleased is our number one goal – our 96% customer retention rate says more than we ever could about that.
Flagship's customizable approach to your facility's needs will help you incorporate solutions that will help you reopen responsibility and protect the health and safety of your occupants during operations.