New Standard to Help Facility Managers Prepare

Facility managers are tasked with the responsibility of preparing employees and occupants of their facilities for the unexpected. Keeping your employees safe during a crisis starts well before the situation starts.  Planning, communication and organization will be the reason that resources and lives are saved. 

The new standard includes requirements for high-risk facilities. For facility managers, the efforts required to adhere to the standard should be minimal if the facility has a comprehensive and up-to-date all-hazards risk assessment, emergency response plan, or business continuity plan. 

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Designing for the Modern Office

Studies are finding that the open office environment is not a fit for all, in fact: Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report indicates that 71% of workers have access to privacy when needed. Even more telling, 42% say they would leave their current jobs for more privacy.


As an interior design firm, we are able to come into a space to evaluate the need for private and open areas, however, what most designers may not know is that privacy not only benefits employees but is also a boon to employers. The context of the modern open office privacy guarantees productivity. The simple truth is that flexible workspaces have a direct impact on the bottom line.

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Benefits of Plants in the Office

With the ever-changing laws on Paid Sick Leave – it is important for Building Owners and Facilities Managers to take preventative action against any threat inducing any form of illness. Extensive research from Wageningen University and scientific company Fytagoras showed that people who work in an office that has plants, call in sick 20 percent less often than people working in rooms with no plants.

For more information on the benefits of incorporating plants in your office, call us today!

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Incorporating Biophilic Design in Your Office can Increase Productivity

According to research carried out by Harvard Business Review, 47% of employees feel very tired due to the absence of natural light and lack of biophilia in their office environment. While similarly – other studies have shown that potted plants can reduce and lower levels of blood pressure and anxiety.

“The use of sunlight, natural materials, and green elements will not only improve an office’s appearance; it may result in more creative, productive and happier members of staff. When businesses are considering how to redesign their premises, perhaps they should consider letting the outside in.”

Call HF Planners, LLC today for a free consultation!

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It's All About the End-User


"Evidence-based design has its roots in healthcare design but is now becoming more common in workplace design."

HF Planners can assist in the process of educating end-users in the ever-changing office environment.

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Seven Deadly Sins for Facility Managers

Day-to-day activities for FM’s are always challenging, here are “Seven Deadly Sins for Facility Managers”

Here are seven pitfalls facilities managers can fall into while performing their day-to-day responsibilities:

1. Not ensuring compliance
2. Not documenting meetings
3. Doing the work, yourself
4. Ignoring repeated complaints
5. Remaining unaware of the market and not performing strategic analysis
6. Lack of an organization system
7. Not recognizing your staff’s work

To ensure expectations are met, an adequate team should be comprised – there should be constant training, teaching, developing, and working towards constant improvement of the overall facility.

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Managing Expectations

Managing or Focusing expectations can promote a well-conceived and properly managed plan that is strongly aligned with the mission of your organization.

To properly manage expectations – the challenge is to do better with less. Understanding the goal and mission, purpose, environment, and resources is an integral piece of the puzzle and will help define the best decision. 


Leadership is still required, the engagement of all is still extremely important – HF Planners, LLC can assist in this process by engaging all of the users, compiling the data to ultimately manage the organizations' expectations. 

Click here to learn how Facility Managers in educational spaces manage expectations:

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Relocation and Move Management

In the past 10 to 15 years Move Management has become an integral part of the Relocation Process - moving today requires more than just furniture.

Move management projects require expertise in planning, business operations and management, and contingency planning.

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7 Benefits of Activity Based Workplaces

Activity-Based Workplaces are focused on employees, not the office space.  By focusing on employees, we find that there are many benefits:

1. Increased Productivity

 2. More Flexibility Throughout The Day

3. Eliminating Barriers By Sharing The Space

4. Promoting More Movement & Improving Overall Health

5. Saving Costs

6. Creating Environmentally Sustainable Workplaces

7. Increased Job Satisfaction

Activity-based working provides freedom of choice in how, when, and where people work, thus helping them to be more effective and engaged. Activity-based working recognizes that people are different in performing activities and need a variety of work settings, technology, and a collaborative culture to perform effectively and efficiently.

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Asset Management, the Importance, and How it Can Save Time in the Long-Run

Asset Management, the Importance, and How it Can Save Time in the Long-Run

Asset management is simply the tracking of company-owned property (assets). The goal is to know where these items are located, how they are used, and when changes are made to them.

The reasons for wanting to track assets are numerous but these are a few that stand out:
1. Increase Workplace Efficiency
2. Reduce Time Spent locating assets
3. Reduce Money Wasted replacing misplaced or misused assets

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Boosting the Bottom Line Through Asset Tracking

Asset tracking is a fundamental necessity for companies of all sizes, especially when it comes to workplace furniture and IT equipment.

An actively managed and accurate inventory is essential because as the saying goes, “you can’t measure what you can’t see.”

Once the inventory foundation is set, you can:

 

• understand asset utilization

• understand product lifecycles

• create a proper maintenance schedule to maximize asset lifespan

• prevent theft and enhance security

• perform proper accounting and confirm amortization rates (your finance team will thank you!)

To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of asset management – contact us.

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Energy Efficiency Day

October 5th Energy Efficiency Day! 

Here are 5 Ways to Cut your Energy Usage:

" ...facility managers can not only capitalize on utility rebate programs swiftly, avoiding inevitable program changes, but also maximize the entire process of developing and executing cost reduction initiatives."
 

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What Does the Future of Your Office Space Look Like?

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“Whether it’s as simple as shower facilities to accommodate staff members who cycle to work, or flexible floorplans that encourage movement between workspaces, here are three home-grown commercial projects that lay out a roadmap for agitating traditional workplace typologies.”  

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