Featured image: A flexible workforce requires a flexible facility management system

A flexible workforce requires a flexible facility management system

Flexible working has become the norm for the majority of industries and organisations, accelerated by the pandemic. But, many organisations still don’t have the right systems in place, particularly within facility management. 

Ask yourself these questions: Do you know how many employees went to work today and where they went? What did they eat? And, what did they dispose of and where? These are some of the common questions facility managers have on a daily basis, and with inefficient systems, it can be hard to allocate staff and simply stay organised.  

Whereas buildings used to operate at full capacity, post-covid, this is no longer the case, and a more flexible approach to work practices needs to be looked at.  

How can a smart waste solution help? 

Did you know that 90% of waste is picked up at the wrong time? A smart waste solution empowers facility managers to have complete oversight of every bin, know when it’s full, and also orchestrate enough staff to empty bins when needed.  

“I recently observed a member of a cleaning service company come into my office and proceed to empty all the bins and replace with a new plastic bag, even though most of them were either empty or barely full of any waste.  

Now, if only we could direct that cleaner to only attend to the bins that need servicing, wouldn’t that be much more efficient. But most facilities don’t have the capacity to provide this information, to enable this efficiency.” 

A smart waste solution has the following benefits for a Facility Manager which solves the above challenges: 

Capture all waste management information 

A single system that captures all waste management information could not only enhance the cleaning schedule for the facility, but it could also enhance how facility users dispose of their waste by encouraging a more focused approach to certain areas and practices.  

For example, getting feedback that a recycle bin is regularly being contaminated in a particular area can help focus on education and future prevention of the problem. Remember, you can only manage what you can measure.  

Additionally, if you have a reduced workforce – why not reduce the amount of access to certain parts of a building, therefore needing to only have bins focussed in one area. This improves efficiency all around, provides education, and also enables you to manage people and your budgets better as a facility manager. 

Repurpose labour from reduced collection frequencies  

You can also repurpose labour that would be wasted sorting half-empty bins, into other pressing matters within the building you’re managing. Especially with a reduced workforce, you may also be working with less staff – so having a system that gives you this information allows you to be much more efficient with your time. 

Save more than $1000 per bin 

Time=money. A huge benefit of using a smart waste management system is the amount of money you can save. This money saved can be a great way to watch your budget, or use your budget for other important things. As with many small changes that scale over time and from one area to multiple areas, the cost savings can be significant. 

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