For a business to operate successfully, there must be multiple processes in place that support the core business of an operation – and that’s where facilities management comes in.
Essentially, the facilities manager or management team will implement various structures and processes which not only help companies of all sizes function correctly but help keep staff safe too, so let’s delve a little deeper into this area of expertise.
Strategic planning and day-to-day operation
Facility management duties differ between organisations depending on the nature of the company. However, managers tend to be involved in both strategic planning and day-to-day operations. So, as well as thinking up ways to cut costs while increasing productivity, facility managers might also be tasked with ordering stock, be it primer from RawlinsPaints or rails of high-fashion clothes. Of course, many companies can’t function properly without the relevant inventory making this a very important task.
Maintenance and repairs
Facility manager job descriptions can vary but responsibilities tend to include maintenance and repairs particularly in relation to buildings and premises. Facility managers might be assigned a certain area to take care of, or be responsible for, the entire site – depending on how big the space is. Managers might be required to carry out repairs themselves, or call in the relevant firms to get the job done quickly and efficiently, all while not disturbing the staff or blowing too much company money.
Health and safety
Facility management is also of vital importance to a thriving business as it ensures all employees, visitors and members of the public are kept as safe as possible in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 – the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health in Great Britain. Rules regarding health and safety are often implemented and followed up by the facilities manager who is also regularly responsible for handling on-site emergencies.
Catering, cleaning and other tasks
Facility management also covers catering, cleaning and other important workplace essentials that often get taken for granted. Those responsible for company operation must make sure the right food is ordered from the right companies, for instance, or implement structures to ensure food is prepared legally and hygienically on the premises.
So, as you can see, facilities management is an essential part of any organisation covering virtually all areas of business practice and structure.