What is the Role of Facilities Management in Restoring Normalcy for Businesses?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause various logistical, personnel, and operational challenges for businesses, and impacts individual lives, the global economy, and healthcare needs and provisions severely, some countries are attempting to reinstate normalcy. This has led to businesses restoring partial operations, companies opening offices to relatively essential departments, and a controlled population returning to work, giving rise to a new set of responsibilities and need for facilities managers. With the pandemic still being a significant challenge, the role of facilities management in developing and maintaining safe and sustainable office functionality is going to be difficult and requires a new perspective.
The undeniable role of facilities management in restoring normalcy in office buildings includes a combination of various responsibilities, such as undertaking new initiatives, addressing previous shortcomings, and adhering to recently developed necessities and policies. With employees returning to work, facilities managers must revisit the newly implemented digitization efforts, re-adjust internal systems, and develop a long-term plan to integrate remote and in-office work. Additionally, CPOs, supply chain managers, and stakeholders must acknowledge and respect the role of facilities management in enabling and supporting all office operations, digitally and in the physical space, and provide managers with the necessary leeway and resources to make impactful changes.
The rising need for robust systems that can overcome the pandemic and support the post-COVID era has become a significant inclusion to the role of facilities management in companies. To learn more about certain necessary changes in the post-COVID era, attend our upcoming webinar.
What is the Role of Facilities Management in the Post-COVID World?
Reset: As the world enters a new era in many ways, the role of facilities management is to restore and reset systems and operations, and attempt to integrate the work spaces and environments that previously existed with those that arose during the pandemic. This includes applying digitization to major operations, addressing sustainability and other long-term challenges, and improving planning.
Overcoming a pandemic and restoring operational normalcy is a challenging and undeniably daunting task, that has become the responsibility and role of facilities management. To understand how managers can efficiently make this change, register for our webinar here.
Reinvent: Developing new strategies and overcoming unexpected global challenges is neither easy, nor a short-term adjustment, which makes developing new initiatives, altering the approach to conducting business, and uniquely managing operations an addition to the role of facilities management. Managers must work to support and increase resilience and wellbeing.
Maximize Safety: Undoubtedly the role of facilities management includes various new responsibilities, including ensuring the safety and health of employees, and taking steps to ease the process of returning to work. This may include easy access to sanitization, regular cleaning, ensuring social distancing, and closely assessing internal functioning for potential chances of improvement.
Adhere to Policies: The severity of the pandemic has led to jarring and necessary changes across legal and regulatory levels, and given rise to new policies regarding hygiene, care, and safety. This has added to the role of facilities management in maintaining and providing a specified level of hygiene, provisions for safety, and ensuring responsible behavior within the organization.
The evolution of safety and hygiene needs in the upcoming post-COVID era, has transformed the role of facilities management in companies. Attend our upcoming webinar and learn more.