Mi lugar de trabajo está donde estoy yo

My workplace is where I am

It is becoming more and more common that companies adopt “flexiworking” as their way of working. It is clearer  every day that working with-in  fixed hours doesn’t grant productivity, but quite the opposite. Large Companies such as Iberdrola, have experienced that applying flexible working hours has reduced absenteeism in up to 10%. In Colombia, figures from the Government indicate that 9% of the country’s companies have implemented this modality  to some extent.

There are many other companies that apply flexible working policies in many other aspects, and this is possible thanks to new technologies. These technologies are already an integragated part of our personal lives, so it’s easily expected that they are also integrated into our professional lives. For most workers, using a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop is the most natural thing and this naturalness makes it possible to work from anywhere and at any time.

If a few years ago, on your first day at any company, you received a set of pens and a notebook as a welcome, now the welcome includes all the necessary instructions to be able to use the company server, to use the collaborative working tools  or to be able to connect to a videoconference from anywhere.

These changes affect companies as well as employees. If we want to have flexibility, we need to accept to be measured not by hours but by accomplished goals. We are living times of change in ways of working and in employee-employer relationships. This is the most critical part of the system, how do you evaluate a worker who you do not see in the office? But before answering this question you should have to answer another, how do you know that the worker you see in the office is fulfilling its objectives? One of the main mottos of Facility Management is that what can not be evaluated, can not be measured and this is applicable whether the employee works remotely or attached to the seat. The way of measurement will determine the success of work flexibility. If neither the employee nor the company have this clear, the result will be a failure.

In this type of work, there are also other risks such as a sedentary lifestyle, social isolation or a possible loss of the “sense of belonging”. Companies should think about these aspects and compensate them with measures, such as regular face to face meetings or proposing activities that promote union amongst teams.

New ways of working facilitate work life balance, a key aspect when trying to attract and retain talent, since it is one of the most valuated elements when choosing or changing a job. In addition, several studies show that companies which promote work life balance, increase their productivity rates

We are facing an unstoppable change, which will be institutionalized in a faster or slower pace depending on each companies’ culture, but we definitely need to take the most of its advantages and be aware of its challenges to face them in the most favourable way possible.

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FM Observatory is a platform which develops and disseminates Facility Management information. It’s accessible to all those who’d genuinely like to participate. Ethical use and objectivity are essential, and all results must be shared. You decide how long you devote to it and what you want to achieve.

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Standardisation

As accredited experts in the drafting processes of European and International standards on Asset and Facility Management, we are the perfect partner to assist you with:

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FMHOUSE is the only Spanish-speaking consulting firm that participates in these processes.

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At FMHOUSE we think that progress made in Facility Management should be shared, so we strive to produce and publish the following material:

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The “FM Observatory” is open, should you like to contribute with a publication.

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Workplace

Our view of spaces or workplaces from a Facility Management perspective leads to a better understanding of such a need as a service, as it is essential to apply the same logic and methodology.

Generally we offer:

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We apply our knowledge and experience to offices, learning spaces, shopping centres and the industrial environment.

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In order to make the right decisions, clear accurate market data as well as facts about the organisation itself is essential. In the Facility Management environment, this is even more critical due to the impact it has on business.

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Facility Management’s overarching goal is customer satisfaction, whether they are internal or external. Understanding their feelings and needs is the key to offering a good service.

Our support is based on:

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We strive to understand and get to know our clients’ customers, in all sectors and types of businesses.

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The Facility Management world is experiencing a major transition to digital environments. We help our clients understand how it impacts them and assist them throughout the change.

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Service Models

All kinds of companies need to define or improve the way in which it structures supporting activities provided by Facility Management.

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