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Know what makes a good facility manager?

- Monday, January 20, 2014

Hiring a facility manager can offer many advantages to business owners. Most seek to outsource facilities management to implement cost saving measures and to free up time so business owners can focus on core activities. When hiring a facility manager, it is imperative to get it right the first time or cost saving can quickly turn into costly mistakes. Here are questions every business owner should consider prior to selecting a facility management company. 

1. Is the facility manager an expert in the field? The facility itself is one of the largest assets a business has. Your assets should be protected by hiring a facility management company that is known for its expertise. Reputation and experience are a vital factor in the selection process. Kemco is staffed by knowledgeable, well-trained technicians. For nearly 25 years, our company has worked to establish itself as an industry leader. Kemco provides expertise you can rely on. 

2. Is the provider accessible? Getting the service you need when you need it is an essential function of facility management. Kemco's 24/7 call center allows work orders to be handled promptly. Accessibility also entails knowing who to contact when there is an issue. While Kemco has grown into a large, nationwide organization we have kept our management streamlined. Lean management allows us to be highly responsive to client needs. You can count on having one call and one point of contact. 

3. How will our partnership improve my company's efficiency? A facility manager should seek to add value to your organization. Implementing best practices in facility management should immediately yield a boost to profits and productivity. Kemco ensures firm, fixed pricing which will allow businesses to work within their budget. 

4. What feedback will the company be able to provide? Many businesses are looking to hire facility service providers who use a data driven approach. Kemco analyzes operating procedures to determine the best practices correlate with the best financial results. Kemco eliminates the information gap by acquiring and then managing all maintenance data on-line. Work Orders, requests and maintenance schedules are on-line and available to clients anytime, in real-time. Clients starting without the maintenance data benefit from Kemco's extensive benchmarks. We check service costs against industry and Kemco tested benchmarks to ensure they're appropriate for the work and location.

5. How open is the company to new ideas and technology? When selecting a company you will want to look for providers who are adaptable to new technology and innovations. The best facility management companies will continue to learn and continue to grow. Utilizing current technology can translate to saving money and time for your business. At Kemco, we aggressively search for new and more innovative ways of being more efficient in how we clean, repair and manage our business. We are always experimenting with new and more efficient equipment and technology.


- Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Did you know the flu contributes to 111 million lost workdays and 7 billion dollars in productivity for U.S. employers each year? With the flu season upon us, the time to take action is now. The good news is that the Center for Disease Control provides several suggestions to lessen the chance of an outbreak in your facility. 

1. Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. According to the CDC the purpose of cleaning is to remove dirt and impurities from surfaces. The purpose of disinfecting is to kill germs. Both should be done regularly during flu season.

2.  Daily clean and disinfect objects that are touched often during flu season. This includes keyboards, desk, and doorknobs. Bathrooms and other commons areas such as break rooms should also be cleaned/disinfected daily. Disinfecting wipes can be a good choice for these type of surfaces just be mindful to use them according to product directions. 

3. Nothing can replace a good hand washing. The CDC repeatedly stresses that washing hands with warm water and antibacterial soap is one of the most effective methods to prevent the flu. Note that hand sanitizers do not kill some strains of the flu virus, thus hand washing becomes even more important. 
4. Make items such as no-touch trashcans and tissues easily available to all employees. These inexpensive measures can save thousands of dollars in lost productivity.

5. Make education a corporate affair. Discuss flu prevention measures with employees. It is a good idea to consider offering the flu vaccination at the workplace. Have a policy in place to deal with employee sick leave and when the employee will be able to return to work. 

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Wishing you a productive, prosperous, and flu-free 2014. 



- Friday, January 10, 2014

An old adage states, those who fail to plan plan to fail. In the world of business maintenance it is imperative to plan for the inevitable. Roofs will leak machines will break and repairs will be essential. As we embark on a new year, there is no better time than the present to implement a yearly capital plan or refresh the one currently in place. 

The capital plan will serve several purposes. First, it will serve as a means to evaluate the facilities and components current physical condition; the second purpose will be to identify existing problems and needs as well as predict future needs; the third goal will be to project cost for operation and upkeep while working these numbers into a sustainable budget. This can be accomplished through the following steps. 
Step 1: Perform an assessment of facilities condition. Your facility manager should provide a great starting point for collecting this data. Additionally, your facility manager should be able to use this data to analyze benchmarks.  In the assessment, the following information should be detailed:
an inventory of all property and equipment notating the original price
an assessment of the current condition of all equipment and facilities notating any urgent problems or code violations
a projection of the remaining lifespan of HVAC, roofing, etc. 
Step 2: Prioritize projects. Capital planning provides opportunity to protect assets while avoiding emergency repair cost. Experts in facilities management suggest prioritizing projects using the following guidelines: 
Projects that involve health risk or violate regulations should be top priority
This should be followed by projects that pose the greatest risk to assets if delayed should. 
Next, consider projects that will reduce operation cost or allow for greater efficiency in the future
Finally, look to projects that will add value to your facility
Step 3: Create a yearly budget for projects. Capital planning and budget creation goes hand in hand. With your projects now prioritized, you can begin to look at the cost associated with these projects. Planning in advance allows for the creation of more reasonable budgets. Be wary of using the best-case scenario when creating your budget. The budget should also reflect the cost that would be saved by implementing these projects. This is an often overlooked, but necessary step. 
Step 4: Prepare for ongoing implementation. Budgets will need to be reviewed as projects progress. Modifications to the capital plan will need to be considered and data will need to undergo revisions. Finally, plan for a review and update at the end of the year along with the creation of an updated capital plan. 


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