QSI Facilities Blog

A thorough, preventative maintenance review is essential in maintaining healthy facilities, reducing overhead and much more. The roof can play an even bigger role than many realize. Facilities Managers are constantly faced with an ongoing struggle between budget and facility needs. As a result, Facilities Managers should conduct a thorough, preventative maintenance review of the entire building, starting at the roof, as explained by FacilitiesNet, to truly maintain healthy facilities.

Managing the retail restroom is much more than just part of the facility; it can make or break guest experiences. The days of managing retail restrooms with a clipboard and pen are over; Facilities Managers may oversee dozens of locations. While individual facilities may still rely on traditional means of tracking restroom cleanliness and maintenance, managing retail restrooms must evolve. Today’s Facilities Managers have access to sensors and devices connected to the Internet of Things, which can be used to track data regarding restroom status.

The complexity of facilities management has grown exponentially. Commercial buildings are more complex than ever, and budgets for facilities management are shrinking. As a Facilities Manager, it can be difficult to handle the fast changes in the field. But facilities management that works in tandem with the information technology (IT) department can achieve lasting, cost-saving results, asserts FacilitiesNet.

Office space utilization through analytics is just the latest innovation in using technology to do more with less in Facilities Management. With more companies turning to sustainable business practices, office space utilization will become a core focus of facilities management. In fact, office space utilization through analytics can give Facilities Managers the tools and resources they need to do more with less.

Analytics in facilities management are a breakthrough. They allow Facilities Managers to tap into untold value of insight across the entire spectrum of facilities management. This includes energy management, space utilization, guest experiences, finances and much more. Unfortunately, the amount of data and technology poured into analytics in facilities management can rapidly lose value when Facilities Managers do not understand how it works and how to use it to reduce overhead.

Healthcare facilities management is one of the most complex areas affecting Facilities Managers. Poor execution and lack of planning can result in poor and even dangerous treatment outcomes, up to and including loss of life. However, Facilities Managers who take the time to understand the top challenges in healthcare facilities management can help reduce risk and improve treatment outcomes. Let’s take a closer look at these challenges, why they occur, and how Facilities Managers can overcome them.

Facilities management includes all operations that ensure retailers keep the lights on and doors open, i.e., making payments for utility costs, such as electricity, gas, water and sewage, keeping the HVAC system operating, ensuring point-of-sale systems process payments electronically and more. Unfortunately, disparate systems, as explained by Naomi Milian of FacilitiesNet, drive up facilities management costs. In other words, disjointed systems lead to confusion among maintenance schedules, equipment breakdowns, and lower overall energy efficiency. As a result, deploying the Internet of Things (IoT) to create efficient facilities management processes is essential to the survival of retail establishments.

Outsourcing has been touted as a solution for businesses with limited resources, and it can increase the value of facilities management activities, including facilities management analytics. To avoid ambiguity, Facilities Managers need to understand the reasons for avoiding outsourcing, the cons of outsourcing, as well as its pros.

The world of facilities management is changing across all healthcare venues. Although often associated with hospitals, facilities management in senior living healthcare facilities carries additional risks and complications. People are literally living in senior living healthcare facilities, so any changes to facilities management practices or processes must consider the potential complications of conducting routine and unexpected facilities management as well as maintenance tasks. Furthermore, these facilities are also subject to the same stringent Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services guidelines and requirements as hospitals.

Facilities Managers face more pressure than ever. Building owners and executives want Facilities Managers to work within tighter margins, maintain best-in-class facilities, be at the beck and call of guests and occupants, and do it all without any disruption. In this way, facilities management can feel overwhelming, but Facilities Managers who divide out property management tasks, such as grounds upkeep, housekeeping, and guest services, to improve the flow of facilities management can successfully reduce overall facility energy costs.