Could outsourcing facilities management be the way forward?

November 5th, 2012 Category: Building Management

Many businesses may not be placing as much of a focus on facilities management (FM) as they should be, a new report indicates.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), FM "can and should be seen as a strategic business and management discipline".

However, the report noted that while many companies concur with this view, this is not actually reflected in how they go about looking after their premises.

Indeed, Rics stated that most organisations tend to focus on "day-to-day operational activity rather than strategy".

The report also said a typical head of facilities management spends "less than one day a week dedicated to planning and strategy, despite the clear importance of FM to business".

All this means that many businesses are either failing to consider or not putting as much emphasis on key issues, such as building maintenance, as they perhaps should.

Some firms will argue that in these tough economic times, they simply don't have the time or the resources to spend more time concentrating on FM.

But since overlooking this issue can lead to companies paying out more in the long run, perhaps to repair a crumbling building or compensate a worker who is injured because of disrepair to a property, this isn't a particularly healthy position for them to take.

So what can businesses do to ensure their FM requirements are met without breaking the bank?

Well, outsourcing this responsibility to a third party might be the way forward. It negates the need for them to have in-house expertise and equipment for building maintenance and office cleaning.

And it also ensures you have the best specialists with proper tools and resources taking care of your premises, but only as and when you actually need them.

This could reap significant rewards for companies who are aiming to keep a lid on their finances as the country aims to recover from a double-dip recession. They can concentrate on their core aims and objectives without compromising on quality and standards elsewhere in their operations.