Parking Lot Safety Tips

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires business and facility owners to provide a safe and healthy workplace.  Often facility owners don’t understand the complexity of this law--it extends beyond the building and includes safety in your parking garage or lot. It’s basic premises law, employers are responsible for any area that they own.

It is important to understand ways in which employers can keep their parking facilities safe because if not properly maintained it can lead to accidents.  Workplace accidents cost business owners, lower employee morale, decrease productivity and workers’ compensation claims.

By following these safety tips, not only can employers keep their employees safe, but avoid the unnecessary negative impacts that it can have on a business.

1.    Install clear and proper signage.  In order to keep traffic flowing smoothly, signage and directional signs should be easy to understand to guide vehicles in the correct direction. In a parking lot, drivers may be backing up or driving the wrong direction and not focused on pedestrians. Lots and/or garages should also use visible striping and paint so that people can identify, parking spaces, handicapped spaces and crosswalks.

2.  Maintain cement and pavement.  Make sure that all walkways and roadways are maintained so that they are know potholes and walkways do not have areas where someone could slip, trip or fall.  When inclement weather occurs, it is important because wintry weather or rain can create slick, icy or wet patches that can lead to injury. 

3. Provide ample lighting.  By making sure the lighting in the parking facility is adequate, it will help decrease the possibility of accidents, property damage, theft or violence.  Performing quarterly maintenance checks is important to replace burned-out or non-functioning lights. Also, make sure that trees and shrubbery do not block light fixtures.

Are you ready to create a safer workplace for your facility? Let the experts at HF Planners help.  HF Planners, LLC provides Facility Planning, Management, and Design services to help you manage resources and meet your organization’s goals for its facilities. We have a proven record of successfully completing projects of all sizes for well-known companies across major industries. We would like the opportunity to work with you!

Co-Working In Parking Areas

San Francisco has the highest proportion of coworking spaces relative to its population, according to a recent article published in Fast Company.  Coworking spaces have become a popular option for freelancers, remote employees, and entrepreneurs.  But in many major cities, coworking spaces bring with them extremely high costs.

 On April 29, San Francisco based coder Victor Pontis, a San-Francisco based coder, decided to prove a point while launching the initiative called WePark.  The point is that space dedicated to on-street parking in major cities could be put to more human-centric use.  This is not the first time that someone has thought of using parking spaces for co-working. In fact, every September, activists all over the world participate in PARK(ing) Day--which encourages people to put parking spaces to use (other than for parking.)

 While WePark is a pop-up style event, its creator, Pontis believes that it is a movement that is taking on speed and isn’t going to go away. He believes that one of the best ways for it to work is in collaboration with established brick and mortar businesses, which will give the co-working parking space users access to Wi-Fi, restrooms and water, and electricity in case charging of laptops and other devices is necessary. While this is just the beginning of a movement, there are plans for organizing it in a more sophisticated way. 

 You can read more about WePark here

 HF Planners, LLC provides Facility Planning, Management, and Design services to help you manage resources and meet your organization’s goals for its facilities. We have a proven record of successfully completing projects of all sizes for well-known companies across major industries. We would like the opportunity to work with you!

7 Concepts on the WELL Building Standard

Over six years ago, IWBI gathered a diverse group of professions to develop the Well Building Standard. It was established because they understood that while 90% of people’s time is spent indoors, there had been no reliable standards established to promote health and well-being. There are many benefits for building owners to promote standards in which people can thrive in.   

 

Buildings are monitored over several years to identify how they are performing in 7 key areas.  The 7 key concepts of the Well Building Standards are:

 

Air: This area focuses on cleaning protocols, banning cigarette smoking and vaping in and outside of a building, having air filtration systems to keep the air inside the building as clean as possible.

 

Water: This concept focuses on providing quality water that is available for employees and building occupants to drink.  Buildings can do this by having filtered drinking water dispensers in refrigerators, or simply a water cooler.  It is required that drinking water be available to all employees within 100 feet of occupied desks.

 

Light: The focus of this concept is to create an office that ensures that all desks have access to natural daylight.  There are many ways to accomplish this, even if windows are limited. Glass walls, circadian task lights and other forms of artificial light that mimic daylight. 

 

Comfort. Well Standards require that 30 percent of workstations provide sit-to-stand capabilities. A new trend in workstations are desks that electronically can be adjusted to suite the occupant in terms of desk surface and computer monitors. The comfort level of employees has a great impact on focus and overall satisfaction and wellness.  Additionally, thermal comfort should be considered as well.

 

Fitness, Nourishment, and Mind. This concept encourages physical and mental wellness for all staff.  The WELL Standard provides incentives for employees to stay physically active: if employees track 50 workouts in six months, then they can expense $200 of fitness-related costs bi-annually.

 

Statistics have shown that when organizations follow the Well Standards productivity increases.  In one project survey, the staff felt over 85 percent more productive in the space.  Are you ready to create the most productive, healthiest space for your employees?  Let the experts at HF Planners help!

 

HF Planners, LLC provides Facility Planning, Management, and Design services to help you manage resources and meet your organization’s goals for its facilities. We have a proven record of successfully completing projects of all sizes for well-known companies across major industries. We would like the opportunity to work with you!

 

About the WELL Movement

If you haven’t heard about the WELL movement, there are a few things you need to do to get started.  WELL is the leading standard for supporting health and well-being in buildings--committed to improving health and human experience through impactful design.

 At HF Planners, we believe that all design should adhere to the WELL Building Standard.  It is important for contractors to understand the WELL Standard and why and how you can become involved. 

 About WELL

WELL was launched in October 2014 through extensive research and development.  The WELL Building standard has become the premier standard for buildings, interiors, and communities who want to implement features that support human health and wellness.  It was developed by combining scientific and medical research, information on environmental health, behavioral, health and risk factors and how they affect practices in building design, construction, and management. The WELL Building Standard was established through an expert peer review process--it includes three phases--scientific, practitioner and medical review.

 The best thing to do to get started: Join the WELL movement!

 Here are two steps to get you started:

  1. First, create a WELL online account. Once you do this, the International WELL Building Institute™ will send you updates.  Here you can also build your profile.  Additionally, you can explore the WELL Project Directory to find publicly registered projects in your region.

  2. Once you become a member, you can read up on the WELL process and check out current projects that will help you become familiar with the WELL Building Standard. 

If you want more information about the WELL Building Standard, give us a call today.  HF Planners, LLC provides Facility Planning, Management, and Design services to help you manage resources and meet your organization’s goals for its facilities. We have a proven record of successfully completing projects of all sizes for well-known companies across major industries. We would like the opportunity to work with you!

WELL-ness in the Office is on the Rise!

Generating a unique place where occupants demand wellness features is a great way to attract and retain top talent.

RESEARCH VALIDATES BENEFITS

“Tenants are competing for talent, and want to provide the best possible space. Unlike LEED, which is about the building’s performance, wellness is more focused on people.”

To stay relevant with the trends, reach out to HF Planners, LLC to learn how to implement a WELL-ness program in your space.

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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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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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How to Boost Productivity in a Sustainable Environment

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“Using Interior Strategies To Boost Productivity, Sustainability Initiatives”

Sustainability can be viewed in terms of space consumption, energy consumption and material lifestyle. Sustainability in the workplace goes beyond certifying a green facility and includes flexibility for the long term-providing office spaces that surpass current trends and evolve to become what employees need from them in the future.