Over the last 12 months, we have all been faced with unprecedented challenges that have impacted every aspect of our lives, and the ways that we conduct business. Those challenges have certainly precipitated a change in strategy when it comes to workplace environments, and what it takes to make employees feel more comfortable about being in the office.
The responsibility of solving those workplace challenges often lies with an organization’s facilities manager. Thus, at Daryl Flood Workplace Services, our goal is to work closely with facilities managers, and provide them with the best, most up-to-date and accurate information and guidance available, which will ultimately empower them to solve their workplace challenges.
We do that in a number of different ways as outlined below.
The Daryl Flood Approach
At Daryl Flood, our approach has always been to listen to the challenges that our customers are facing, and to develop the best solutions according to their unique needs and situations. This can be best exemplified by the immediate changes that our customers needed to implement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those included certain precautionary measures that were common for all of our customers, such as the practice of proper sanitation, social distancing, having plexiglass partitions, and the ability to optimize the workspace. These elements form the very baseline of what is needed within most workplace environments today.
But we also recognize that there are many nuances to be considered, and that every customer is different. For that reason, we never take a cookie cutter approach, but rather a highly customized one. We have some customers that might only need to make a few adjustments to their existing spaces, while others might be in need of a complete overhaul. It depends entirely on the customer, what they are trying to accomplish, and what their budget might be. It is through our consultation with each customer that their issues are identified and addressed in order to develop the most ideal solution.
Typical Challenges Facing Facilities Managers
Some of the more typical challenges facing facilities managers and organizations today include:
- Improving workplace safety
- Mitigating health risks
- Optimizing the workspace
- Configuring/reconfiguring shared spaces
- Controlling costs
- Incorporating the right technology and innovations
- Managing a workforce of both in-person and remote employees
- Maintaining company culture
Regardless of the challenges our customers might be facing, they look to Daryl Flood to bring fresh ideas to the table, and to offer tried and true solutions with proven results. We are able to successfully do this through our own experiences as a company, and through working with other customers across various industry sectors to solve similar issues. So, we have seen first-hand what has worked well for our company and for our customers, and how to develop and implement strategies that are both efficient and cost-effective.
Leveraging Our Experience and Buying Power
Leveraging our experience means that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to solving your workspace challenges. Instead, you can draw upon our experiences, and how we have managed various initiatives, such as the safe return of our employees into the workplace. Like our customers, we have had to sanitize our offices, put up plexiglass partitions, and manage a workforce that includes both in-person and remote employees.
At the same time, we have faced the additional challenges associated with maintaining a company culture, keeping our employees engaged, and promoting collaboration within our team. So, just as we have had to lean on technology to keep our team connected, we have done the same to support our customers.
We provide ideas and resources about how to best configure or reconfigure the workspace, and how to rearrange communal areas and conferences rooms so that they are more user-friendly, while still allowing people to keep a safe distance from each other. Thus, our customers can rely on us to help them create a safer workplace environment, without sacrificing business continuity, or that sense of community and connection that is so important from a company culture perspective.
Additionally, we always strive to be good stewards of our customers’ budgets. This stems from the way in which we revere our relationship with each of our customers. As their trusted workplace solutions partner, we are always looking for ways to be more efficient and more proactive, while helping them to control costs.
Our customers also benefit from our buying power, because we can purchase certain products in bulk and then pass the cost-savings on to them. A good example can be seen in our ability to purchase plexiglass partitions in bulk. This prevents smaller companies from having to source the materials themselves, have them installed, while paying a higher rate.
Providing the Right Solutions
Providing the right solutions for our customers means that we have to stay on the cutting edge of best practices. Naturally, we keep up with all the latest spatialization studies to ensure that our customers are using their spaces in the most efficient way possible, but it goes far beyond that. We are connecting with our customers on a daily basis, and interacting with them, and we see the issues that are going on inside of their workplaces. We also draw on the knowledge and experience of our team members who are out in the field, our project managers, and account managers who truly have their fingers on the pulse and are ingrained in our customers.
All of this better enables us to guide our customers towards the most viable solutions, regardless of what challenges they might be facing.
So, at the end of the day, it’s all about listening to our customers, understanding their workplace challenges, and providing the right solutions, while constantly looking for new ways to bring additional value to them as their workplace services partner.
Please contact Daryl Flood and let us help you solve your workplace challenges today!