SPONSORED CONTENT: There is no doubt that FM has been thrust into the limelight since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what can FM professionals do to make the most of this enhanced exposure? The Keyholding Company suggest now might be the time to invest in new, data-led solutions.
The impact of COVID-19 on the facilities management space is undeniable. There is no doubt that FM has been thrust into the limelight with significantly greater exposure at a boardroom level.
This increased visibility comes with its own challenges, though. With more exposure comes more expectation, as senior management exert pressure on facilities managers to innovate, cut costs and find new ways of working which require less resource – particularly as many corporate properties are sitting vacant.
However, the question isn’t solely how facilities managers can respond to these growing demands, it’s also how they can use their increased voice to optimise the way they work. The answer is to pitch new, technology-led solutions that enable individuals or teams to work smarter rather than harder through data-led decision making.
Why Pitch New Solutions Now?
With the profound impact of the pandemic, the C-suite is more open to innovation than ever. Whilst budgets are tight, senior management teams will still welcome innovative solutions which can deliver long-term cost cutting and increased flexibility, even if they require upfront investment. Facilities managers can still think big about changing the way they work, as long as their ideas provide the savings and adaptability that senior management are looking for.
Finding the Right Solution
To find the right solution, FM teams should focus on options which provide access to the one thing that all facilities managers can use to optimise their processes – data.
The future is smart and data is playing an increasingly important role in how we work – a fact which decision-makers are acutely aware of. Finding FM solutions which enable more data collection, consolidation and analysis is sure to land well at boardroom level as well as save facilities managers time and effort by improving efficiency and enabling data-led decision making. The only question is where to start.
Start with Contractor Access
Ad hoc access requests for contractors have increased over the COVID-19 lockdowns due to the lack of physical presence at most sites. In turn, these ad-hoc requests massively increase external keyholding costs which could be reduced through a smarter alternative.
Smart locks are a new, secure solution which can help address contractor access challenges whilst simultaneously improving security, reducing costs, and enhancing supplier accountability. Through cloud-enabled smart locks, businesses can remove the need for external keyholders entirely and manage access remotely, gaining access to insightful data from across their estate in the process.
Smart Access, the smart lock solution for businesses
Smart Access is an innovative alternative to traditional keyholding that uses smart locks and a mobile app key to reduce costs by up to 86%, and provide detailed access data which can help FM managers keep contractors accountable and their property secure. Delivered by The Keyholding Company, the tech-enabled security services company, Smart Access is being hailed as the next generation of keyholding.
With FM’s current visibility and importance, now is the time to present progressive and innovative new solutions to senior management. Learn more about how Smart Access, the smart lock solution for businesses, can streamline processes, provide increased flexibility and save businesses money, today.