You’ll already be aware that the building and facilities management industry is a competitive one. Companies are constantly striving to deliver their best work, in the shortest time, for the lowest possible price. To keep up with the businesses that are operating around you — and, ultimately, survive — you need to constantly be looking for ways in which you can improve your processes.
Jess Penny is the General Manager at Penny Hydraulics, a company that specialises in providing businesses with the lifting equipment they need. Here, she’ll talk you through some of the ways in which you can improve our onsite efficiency.
Train your staff properly
It’s incredibly important that all of your workers receive the training they need. Not only will this help to keep your business running as smoothly as possible, but it’s also a legal requirement, as you have a duty of care to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of your staff. You will be legally responsible for any harm caused if you fail to do so, and neglecting to train your employees appropriately could land you with a penalty, fine, or even a prison sentence. Now, let’s talk about how proper training will improve you workers’ efficiency.
Your employees should be given comprehensive training on all of the equipment they’re expected to use. This will save them from having to muddle through, and they’ll pick up tips and tricks that will help them to work much more quickly. Additionally, they will learn which pieces of machinery work best for certain applications and, in turn, complete their work as quickly and as accurately as possible.
It’s also worth noting that proper training will help to reduce the risk of major accidents, and help to prevent your employees from developing injuries through repetitive strain. It goes without saying that your business will run a lot more smoothly if your staff don’t need to take time off to recover.
Embrace new technology
The UK is lagging behind much of the industrialised world when it comes to embracing robots and automation, according to The Telegraph. This means that, if things don’t change, the UK’s building and facilities management industry could find itself trailing behind those abroad.
Your company should always be striving to work more efficiently — you need to be completing jobs as quickly as possible, and in a cost-effective manner. Taking advantage of the latest technology is a huge part of this and you risk struggling to meet your customers’ expectations if you don’t keep an eye on the developments available to you. With robotics and automation, you can increase the speed and precision with which you work. Your output will increase, fewer mistakes will be made, and your employees will have a more enjoyable work life. All of these factors will improve your business’ efficiency.
At Penny Hydraulics, we have used the design automation functionality offered by Autodesk to boost our productivity and revenue. But, there are so many options available to companies, and I would recommend looking into how your specific processes could be enhanced with new technology.
Keep your site clean and tidy
Working on a construction project can create a lot of mess. But, if you want your work to run as smoothly as possible, it’s important that your employees try to keep your site as clean and organised as possible.
You should arrange for rubbish and waste to be taken to one particular spot. This will reduce how much material is lying about, and make it easier for your staff to locate the important documents or tools they need while they’re working. Additionally, you should ask your workers to put away any equipment that isn’t in use. This will help to prevent accidents, and your employees will have much more space to work in, which should make their tasks much easier to do.
There you have it: three ways that you can improve your onsite efficiency. Take these on board and your operations will be running much more smoothly in no time.