The call for enhanced health and safety measures across schools, commercial buildings, retail centres and workplaces during the pandemic has revolutionised the role of the facility manager and their supporting teams. Prior to the pandemic, facilities management was often viewed as more of a reactive department, however the last 2-years has seen a leadership position taken by those in facilities management with these departments now seen as a designated source of expertise for implementing strategic space planning and virus prevention strategies.
From spearheading communications to adopting groundbreaking new technologies, here are 3 ways that facilities managers can provide organizational leadership in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
The unprecedented nature of the pandemic has created an influx of additional tasks and concerns for organisations, which makes it challenging to focus on the bigger picture. Facilities managers, however, are experts at addressing the main concern of the pandemic: how to create a safe work environment for visitors and staff. Thus, they set the tone for the entire response to COVID-19 and keep the business’ priorities in place.
Facilities management teams across the world are creating targeted, thorough pandemic workplace safety plans that consider many different factors. Air filtration and environmental quality are tested and optimised for safety and well-being. Complete sanitation and cleaning protocols are being created and executed in properties dailty. Most importantly, virus outbreak response plans are put in place and communicated so that everyone knows how to act in case of an emergency and what role our security systems team and platforms play during these responses.
Facilities managers serve as the key communicators between upper management and the collective organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. By spearheading online messaging and physical signage throughout properties, they foster a safer environment that reminds employees to wear masks, wash their hands, cover their coughing/sneezing, sanitise, and keep a safe distance.
Further, it is the role of the facilities manager and their inherent security and cleaning teams to clarify the rules and regulations when using common spaces, and other important matters during COVID.
3. Innovation & Technology
As facilities managers take on the challenge of creating safe environments for the post-pandemic future, they are serving as technological leaders in the realm of the workplace. This is because many of their pandemic facilities plans rely on emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as well as maintenance and space management software, to be properly executed.
Regular cleaning and sanitation procedures are scheduled through top-of-the-line maintenance management software programs. Occupancy is monitored in real-time through IoT sensor monitors. Security teams are ensuring abidance by the rules and regulations as well as ensuring the safety of patrons. Reports and data are collected via analytics platforms.
By diving into these innovative mediums, facilities managers are creating a forward-looking technological infrastructure for their institutions and for the health and for the health and safety of the public..
Here at Ozland Group Solutions, we assist and support Facility Managers and Teams to ensure safe environments during these unprecedented times. If you’d like some more information of our solutions and how we can partner with you, please contact us.