Best Practices from Outsourcing

The top three FM outsourcing companies in Canada manage almost 250M sq. ft of properties in both the public and private sector.

While their success is based on some very specific advantages that are hard to reproduce in smaller organizations, if you aren’t thinking of outsourcing, there are a number of practices you can introduce into your organization to improve your service delivery, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Communicating Environment and Energy Conservation

Energy conservation and environmental responsibility are important topics to building owners and managers, yet the challenge of getting occupants to buy-in to your initiatives and actually change their behaviours remains difficult.

Increasingly, individuals are seeing the messages in the media and making changes at home, yet they often have a difficult time linking it with things they can do at work.

One Step Re-Engineering

Staying competitive in your marketplace means you must constantly look inward and examine the opportunities to improve processes, systems and ultimately, results.

Outsourcing a business process is a quicker, more effective way of achieving the same, or even better, results as reengineering.

The Outsourcing Institute considers outsourcing to be a central management tool for the fundamental reengineering and reenergizing of businesses, and have found that accelerated reengineering benefits is one of the top ten reasons companies outsource non-core business processes.

The Stay Back Team – Making Outsourcing Work

Successful outsourcing doesn’t just mean selecting the right service provider; you also need an effective Stay Back Team (SBT) in place. The SBT is the cornerstone of any outsourcing initiative and is an important link between your corporation’s business and the service provider, not only from the onset of the RFP process and ensuing re-organization when the contract is awarded, but also for ongoing management of the services.

What is an FM?

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) re-wrote its definition of Facility Management, but in 23 words, it can’t possibly tell the whole story.

Facility management is a complex profession made up of many different titles with varying scope and responsibility. It’s not just keeping the doors open and the lights on. It’s ensuring the company gets the best value for its investment in the buildings, whether it’s the rent it pays or the return on investment it receives as an owner.

Get Flexibility with Outsourcing

While cost savings remain one of the initial reasons companies hire an outsourcing company to provide managed services for non-core elements of their business, flexibility quickly becomes one of the most evident benefits. The flexibility comes from the secondary reasons companies use managed services: to focus on their core business, access to resources, world-class business processes, additional scope and improved scalability of the services.