The current rise in COVID-19 cases, predominantly caused by the Delta variant, reinforces the need for increased investment in cleaning-related expenses. Proper disinfection and cleaning can prevent the airborne and surface transmissions of COVID-19, as well as other viruses.
Now, as a facility professional, you know that increasing cleaning-related expenses is rarely easy. Even when it is for the health and safety of your facility.
One way to decrease the impact of those expenses on your budget is by creating a flexible and adaptable scope of work (SOW).
Pivot quickly and adapt
Throughout this pandemic, the ability to adjust a contracted Scope of Work (SOW) was key for our clients to maintain their shuttered or partially closed facilities.
While the SOW defines contractual expectations, the activities that take place can adapt to put your needs first and give your business a competitive advantage.
A flexible SOW can also allow you to:
- Reallocate labor to concentrate on the highest-impact areas of your facility
- Incorporate innovative technologies that will streamline communications across the network
- Alleviate heightened concerns about working in this COVID-19 world
- Be strategically customized based on each facility’s data
- Ensure consistency across maintenance, inspection, and inventory operations
- Provide the most impact on your occupants’ health and safety
Mutations, mutations, mutations
If there is one thing that is consistent with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is everchanging.
The CDC has changed its stance on ways to keep your employees healthy.
OSHA has continued to update its guidance for employers to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
The EEOC released new guidelines addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws.
Even the SARS-COV-2 virus itself has mutated and changed dramatically over the last 20 months, reducing vaccine efficacy and increasing viral loads.
However, most vendors will not allow for many, if any, SOW flexibility, even during these crazy times of continuous change.
Increase improvement with an adaptable SOW
A good business relationship is much more than staying within the letter of a contract. It ensures that service delivery is always appropriate for your stage of operations and that additional effort is applied in areas that have the most critical impact.
All customers, facilities, and businesses are unique, but we are all facing this challenge together. A right-sized vendor can offer you flexible solutions and innovative process improvements for your facility so you can continue to grow and meet future goals.
That includes putting your employees’ health and well-being first, so you get back to the business of doing business.