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Cutting With Care

posted 05/09/2017 - 10:31

The financial turbulence of the last few years has caused all costs to be put under the microscope in the quest for savings. Quite rightly contract cleaning has not been immune to this process.

Get cuts wrong and the consequences can be disproportionately negative though, sometimes ending up costing more than has been saved. This is no better demonstrated than when carpet deep cleans are cut, thereby shortening the life of the carpet. Even more serious can be insensitive cuts to a settled workforce, especially at an institution where security clearance is required. Start messing staff around and some will leave – it is not impossible to replace them but the six week security clearance procedure can play havoc with schedules.

The problem tends to arise when cuts are made blind, perhaps by the wrong person who does not understand the ramifications. Andrew Philpot, Managing Director of TemcoUK Facility Services has strong views on the most constructive way of handling cuts.

“At TemcoUK we have no fear of the challenge of making cuts if they are absolutely necessary, but the process is most successful when it is carried out in partnership with an FM, and least successful when driven by a third party who might not understand the issues so well. In cooperation with an FM a pragmatic approach can result in each cut can being evaluated and the consequences understood before implementation. The process should make everybody think carefully, and in the right circumstances, the drive for cuts can encourage innovation.”

 

About TemcoUK Facility Services

Since 2001 Temco has been operating in the UK in a wide range of environments, from servicing the meticulous demands of medical clean rooms to daily office cleaning in commercial and industrial environments in both private and public sectors.

Combining professional standards with flexible management structures, the company prides itself on offering consistently high results alongside outstanding client service.  Based in west London, TemcoUK Facility Services employs over 450 staff with a turnover in excess of £5m.

 

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