Thoughts, insights, musings and, being honest, random thoughts from Andrew Porter the Managing Director of Spingate Consulting
1st April 2019 - Cafe Culture
As anyone who knows me will have noticed, I am rather fond of a cup of coffee or ten and am writing this sitting in a coffee shop. Not withstanding my somewhat high requirement for decaf its interesting to to think just how important the coffee shop is to the workplace. I use them as my personal office, an inofmral meeting space and, often, somewhere quieter than the office to read an important document (although you do have to be careful with confidentiality).
In addition to these benefits there is also a significant potential financial benefit to using cafes - remember that workstations arn e expensive and a single one can cost over £15k in parts of Central London so if people using cafes means you need one less workstation or meeting room this can make a real impact on your bottom line.
So next time you are looking at your space strategy or floor plans don't forget to consider whats around your office as it can make a difference - and thats something to ponder over a cup of coffee!
A couple of weeks ago I delivered my first, very well received, course on ISO 41001 which is the new international standard for Facilities Management - Management Systems which promotes both quality and consistency throughout an all facilities within an organisation.
This has caused me to reflect on just how often you see a company which has its core business operations aligned globally or regionally but not its support services which can be totally different from one country to another or even one site to another. When you consider that property is often a company’s biggest cost after people and direct inputs, such as materials for a manufacturer, this means that a large part of the cost base is not being optimised or fully controlled.
By adopting the principles of ISO 41001 you can determine where sites have efficiency issues or where there are opportunities or changing your portfolio – expensive sites are not always where you expect them – or identifying opportunities for multi-site or multi-national reprocurements that can save over 20% at some sites in my experience. However, it can also give you the opportunity to objectively demonstrate that you are already operating efficiently and give you the chance to pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing!