Professor Edward Finch looks at an often misunderstood theory that still holds promise for both office management and facilities management.
One approach that is becoming a key weapon in the facilities management armoury in dealing with inefficiency and waste is ‘lean thinking’. Sometimes the term ‘lean’ trips off the tongue so easily without realising its deep-seated potential. We use expressions like ‘mean’, ‘green’, ‘efficient’ and ‘lean’ almost interchangeably without acknowledging the commitment the lean approach entails.
Learning from best practice makes good sense in a world dominated by health & safety and environmental concerns. David Frise explains how the Association of Interior Specialists is helping with this.
A ceiling falling down might make a classic comedy sketch, leaving flustered actors covered in dust, but when a ceiling falls down in real life it’s no laughing matter.
By Russell Hand, Business Team Leader, REHAU Furniture Products.
The negative impact of background noise on employee performance has long been acknowledged by facilities managers. Noise above 35dB is said to disturb concentration, whilst anything above 65dB is said to increase stress. If you consider that a PC and monitor even on standby can generate noise between 30 and 50dB, typing on a keyboard is estimated at between 55 and 70dB and a photocopier in operation is 60-70dB, then it is easy to see why balancing acoustics remains a hot topic.
Lawrence Morison of Steelcase Solutions looks at how creating a modern workplace and putting employee needs front and centre can improve your business.
The key to maximising employee efficiency and productivity in today’s world is through ensuring your business is working together to the best of its ability. Welcome to the age of the Interconnected Workplace.
Last year I submitted what could be considered an introduction to using technology for Time Utilisation Studies (copy available on request). This time I want to look at potential objections that can be encountered from various sources and look at the best way to ensure you get off to a good start.
By Tony Cole, design and manufacturing director of Staverton
For a long time there has been a distant relationship between facilities management (FM) and design, with FM treated as a post occupancy issue rather than a valuable consideration during the design process.
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