Did you know the saying “It’s as much use as a wet blanket” originates from the mining industry?
Here in Yorkshire in the early 19th and 20th centuries, one of our unlucky ancestors would be picked to wear a wet blanket and carry a lit candle through the mine to detect gas. If there was a pocket of methane gas the candle would ignite, and the damp blanket supposedly kept the tester safe… But as the adage goes the blanket would be totally useless in a gas explosion.
Can you imagine today’s health and safety regulators dealing with this as a solution for safe working conditions! Business owners would get crushed and most probably they’d find themselves behind bars. Obviously, this is an extreme but as an employer you must ensure that your employees are working from somewhere that’s safe, comfortable, efficient and functional.
Many businesses now recognise the importance of facilities management and how properly managed resources can help businesses to operate more effectively and efficiently. There’s overwhelming evidence to support the notion that the health, wellbeing and productivity of your staff is significantly affected by the place they work from and how it is maintained. 61% of employers claim that working from a building that manages their facilities has made a positive effect on their employees as well as helping them to grow their businesses through employee productivity.
Facilities Management covers such a wide variety of areas, such as cleaning, health and safety, heating and ventilation as well as office management, meaning it’s vital to the overall success of any business. When working in a business lifestyle centre that manages your facilities you can be certain that your employees are working from an environment with the highest standards.
At HUB26 we realise effective facilities management can contribute significantly to improving productivity in the workplace and that’s why we manage and maintain all facilities on-site. One of the greatest strengths of our unique offering is that we take away the headaches, leaving you free from distractions, to concentrate on what you do best - growing your business.
In this post, we explain 6 benefits of working from a business lifestyle centre, such as ours on the M62 in Cleckheaton, that manages and maintains all facilities on-site.
Concentrating on business growth is crucial for your next step as a business, so we’ll focus on this benefit first…
We recognise that for you to focus on making sure your business is successful, you need to know that your company is not at risk from mismanagement. Likewise, we realise that you need the working day to concentrate on work-related tasks and to not be distracted with sorting out issues like WiFi hiccups or filling up the coffee pot.
At HUB26 we take away all the headaches and effort of managing facilities so that you can simply focus on what you do best, growing your business. That’s why everything including rates, utilities, WiFi, your gym and CLUB26 is included in one price; leaving you free from distractions and ready to take your business to another level.
There’s a significant relationship between Facilities Management and employee productivity. Having well-maintained facilities such as conference equipment, on-site services and fast unlimited WiFi can help employees stay engaged and can also create a productive working environment.
When facilities are managed by your business lifestyle centre, the concerns of the building such as the security, reception, connectivity or stocking up on tea bags (which happens a lot at our Yorkshire tea fuelled HUB26), time isn’t detracted from your working day. Working in an office that has its facilities managed by the complex has been shown to improve efficiency in day to day tasks done by employees by 22%.
At HUB26 your staff can focus on their job and leave facilities management to our team, who keep the building in tip-top shape. In the unlikely event of a fault occurring, we’ll quickly find solutions to correct it and prevent this from impacting your productivity. Likewise, we will sort out regular maintenance checks to ensure that your employees are using facilities that are in premium condition. This means that your employees can stay completely focused on their work instead of getting side-tracked and distracted with faulty or broken-down equipment.
Facilities account for a significant amount of companies’ operational expenses and usually make up the second-highest cost after staff. So it’s no surprise that ongoing monthly costs of keeping a business open can majorly eat into your budget, for example, electricity bills can cost your business up to £3,061 per year alone.
At HUB26 the cost of operational expenses, facilities and maintenance are included in the total monthly office rental price, with no hidden fees. This makes working in an office an affordable reality if you’re a small or start-up business.
A staggering 79% of employees commonly face work-related stress. When you’re the owner of a business, we understand that the extra responsibilities of sorting facilities out in the workplace can easily contribute towards this stress.
When working from a business lifestyle centre like HUB26, the responsibility of managing and maintaining your workspace is taken off your plate and handed over to us. Research has highlighted that this hand over of responsibility improves wellbeing and health of 22% of employees. Our residents here enjoy the luxury of facilities management requirements being taken care of, leaving them to just focus on managing their workload.
On average, an employee will spend a total of 3,515 full days at work throughout their lifetime, so the space in which we work has a significant impact on our well-being and mental health.
The building your employees work from should be well-maintained with fully functional services to create a better and more positive working environment for your staff. Their workspace should be clean, be of a reasonable temperature, have good ventilation, suitable lighting and be spacious. We realise how important a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene is to you and your business; 94% of employees claim that they feel more productive in a clean workspace and 77% produce a higher quality of work in a cleaner environment. We ensure that all common areas and resident’s offices are deep cleaned daily by our in-house residents and cleaning specialists Bright FM Group, to ensure our building is a safe place to work.
Employees who have efficient and suitable workspaces are generally more motivated. If your employees feel as though their workplace supports them at work and the facilities are well maintained they become more comfortable and engaged. On average, engaged employees are 17% more productive so this is essential to heighten business profitability.
As an employer, you can rest assured that the building in which you operate from meets the necessary health and safety standards and all legal requirements when you work from HUB26.
Our staff ensure that residents are working from a business lifestyle centre with the highest standards of health and safety. With the consideration of security systems such as alarms, access control, CCTV and fire systems. Maintenance, services and risk assessments of all facilities are carried out by HUB26 staff to reduce the risks of workplace hazards; therefore, you don’t have to worry about anything other than the next step for your business’ growth.
We realise that a well-maintained workplace with managed facilities can help your employees and your business reach their highest potential. That’s why we take away the headaches, leaving you free from distractions and able to concentrate on what you do best, growing your business.