Workplace productivity is vital. The output of employees and the effectiveness of systems is, essentially, what makes a business grow and thrive. A productive workplace has the power to improve customer service, lower operational costs and increase profits.
While technology and staff incentives are great ways to boost workplace productivity, taking a look at the working environment is also a great idea. From building safety and comfort to staff happiness, there are a number of ways facility management can improve workplace productivity.
Happy employees are productive employees – it’s a fact! It’s been scientifically proven that staff who feel happy in their environment have a far greater output than those who don’t. So it makes sense to ensure that the working environment is consistently pleasant to spend time in.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to install a luxury staffroom. Simply making sure the workplace is clean and tidy is enough. Using the cleaning services from a facility management company will deal with issues such as rubbish, carpets and washrooms, as well as external areas such as grounds and carparks.
The optimum working temperature is thought to be between 16 and 24 degrees – although there’s almost always a fight over the thermostat in the office! If the working environment is too hot or too cold, this can have an impact on staff productivity, so it’s important to get it right.
Maintaining the effectiveness of boilers and air conditioning units is vital for workplaces. A facility management company will carry out scheduled checks and maintain your systems for you, making breakdowns less likely – and meaning staff won’t have to wear their coats inside in December!
Good lighting is essential if you want to improve workplace productivity. If staff are using technology such as computers and tablets, adequate lighting is absolutely vital. Badly placed lighting can reflect off of screens, causing glare, while dim lighting can make it hard for staff to see and result in eye strain.
A good facility management company will be able to install and maintain an effective lighting system for you. It’s also worth considering giving staff the ability to control the lighting, and allowing them to make adjustments as and when they need to.
For employees to be really productive at work, they need to feel safe in their environment. Maintaining the building is the easiest way to keep on top of any safety issues that might arise, which will keep staff safe and the risk of accidents way down.
Choosing to use facility management services to maintain your premises is a great idea. From soft services, such as pest control and groundwork, to building maintenance, electrical testing and alarms, a facility management company will keep your working environment in top condition.Back to Latest Blogs >
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