5 Best Solutions for Facility Managers To Reduce CostsImmediate savings with zero capital investment
Facilities managers are consistently being tasked with finding ways to reduce costs, but seldom have the advantage of being able to spend money to upgrade equipment as often as they would like, invest in high-efficiency solutions. In addition, many face the impact of supply chain disruptions and other macro-level trends that further complicate their operations. Even if you do not have the luxury to rely on high-tech solutions, Facility Managers can use the following 5 techniques to reduce costs immediately, without any capital investment.
Focus on Preventive Maintenance
Just like you wouldn’t wait for the engine in your car to break down before you changed your oil, there is no reason to wait for critical equipment to break down before you serve it. A comprehensive preventative maintenance program requires planning, data collection, and discipline – but they can save your business big money. Any good preventative maintenance program consists of 4 key action items:
- Inspection: Regular inspections of your equipment ensure that it is functioning properly and safely, but you also need to regularly inspect the facility for things like cracks in concrete, leaks, or other signs that something is wrong.
- Detection: Using sensors and a facility management software solution, many issues can be detected ahead of time by setting proper alarms and thresholds.
- Correction: Fix any issues you find and most importantly: document everything. The make, model, year, and parts replaced can all become important data to make decisions in the future.
- Prevention: When you’ve collected data about the repairs you’ve made, you can start to identify trends, which is what makes data collection so important. This data can be used to then set inspection scheduling, maintenance schedules, and part replacement time frames.
Standardize Job Requirements To Reduce Costs
One simple, cost-free lever you can use to reduce costs is to create a standard for every job you need to be done. Creating standards that are applied to all corporate-owned facilities & carried over to the franchised locations prevents overspending for jobs that are universal across all your facilities.
While no two jobs are the same, we recommend going through your historical work order history and using the information to create logical categories of services along with service completion parameters. Elements to include in framing the categories of services can include broad descriptions of the scope of work, time on site, type of equipment needed, how soon a crew needs to be dispatched, the type of communication needed, and a not-to-exceed price. This will not only help you assign work to vendors who are best suited for a particular project, but also ensure the vendors you work with give you accurate quotes. Being able to correctly frame the scope of a project before it starts prevents costs from escalating and timelines from extending.
Once you have standardized your jobs, you need to find the appropriate vendors. It is important to outsource to vendors that are qualified for the tasks, but not overqualified. An emergency cleaning company is going to charge higher rates than necessary if you only need a schedule cleanout. No matter which vendors you use, you need to be able to communicate seamlessly with them to prevent unnecessary downtime.
Facility Managers Can Manage Vendors Efficiently
On the best of days, a facility manager’s job can feel like running from one fire to the next trying to stay ahead of the next problem. With outside influences like supply chain issues and natural disasters added in the mix, Facility Managers can quickly find themselves overwhelmed. To handle not only the volatile day-to-day situations, as well as disaster recovery situations, but many are also turning to outsourcing and increasing the number of vendors available to help cover their bases more effectively.
When outsourcing, an important factor to consider is to find a reliable vendor that is accountable for handling a block of related services and that can make properly informed recommendations to help streamline operations. Facility Managers have the find the right balance between managing a complex network of specialty vendors who will provide great prices and concentrating a broad block of work in the hands of a few vendors, which is simpler but can become excessively expensive. For example, while it does not make sense to use highly qualified technicians for labor work, there are benefits in working with a company that can handle both non-emergency and emergency situations gives you a single point of contact for all your projects, makes for easier billing, and saves you time by not having to manage multiple companies for multiple locations. Not all vendors are created equally – so take your time and use this resource to start your research. Just like the right vendor can mean great success, the wrong vendor is just going to create more issues.
Use Technology to Drive Change, Reduce Cost and Get visibility to Make Intelligent Decisions
In the world of facilities management, installing IoT sensors everywhere you can and relying on extensive facility management software are wonderful tools to capture accurate information in real-time and make informed decisions. However, both require a substantial investment, a complex and lengthy deployment process, and require extensive training from your entire team. While this remains the best option today, you can start by utilizing the technology used by your vendors to create metrics and reports that help you measure what is important to run your business.
Facility Managers Can Easily Establish an Inventory of Assets
Facility Managers need to get complete visibility into what they have, where, the condition, make, and models of internal assets so they can make the proper repair/replace decisions. The creation of an internal marketplace can also help you get the most out of your internal assets. Everything in your organization has a value attached to it, make sure you’re not leaving money on the table by just throwing out used assets.
At 1GNITE we specialize in supporting Facility Managers in every aspect of their job. We have experience managing projects for thousands of locations and are here to help you navigate these tricky times and reduce costs. Contact us today and put us to work for you.
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