July 01, 2016

Facilities management

Facilities of many organisation accommodate very expensive assets in form of machines,vehicles, and IT system. Facilities also accommodate humans who interact with those assets to operate them and to carry out operations. To manage both hard and soft infrastructure in orgaznaition along with thinking to deliver quality to customers. What normally happen is maintenance or safety of employees are done as a reactive function, like when management wait until anything goes wrong and then fix it. Reactive management in this regard is an expensive and ineffective way of dealing with facilities. Facilities need to be made self-sufficient in assisting management in maintaining them, provide a safe and healthy environment to its employees , have minimum impact on the environment. Facilities need a lot of investment to erect infrastructure to accommodate machines, adn employees. Better space utilization can also save space and hence investment on facilities. Cost effective facilities can help a leader to invest the excess funds somewhere else to diverse risk or to use it when an expansion is required.

Human and machines need support services to perform core activities, like eating, cleanliness, better lighting, repairing and powering services to run the operations. For that support services need to be managed and planned ahead of as well. Better infrastructure design of facilities can help save space and cost of development and operations, like a design of using sunlight in daytime can save electricity cost and reduce carbon footprints as well. If an asset is not being used for a while management need to think about it, instead of letting it rust so economic benefit can be derived out of it either by leaving it out or dispose of. In order to deal with all these elements in an organized way, academics and industry are increasingly realising the importance of facilities management. These are a lot of tools which assists in embedding quality and flexibility into processes. According to my understanding so far, FM will become on the important and effective way of achieving those targets.


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