A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Service: The global employment platform has launched a first-of-its-kind IT asset and equipment feature that helps to automate the purchase, setup and return of assets such as laptops, monitors, headsets and more to streamline operations for international companies hiring overseas employees.
Description: Multiplier entered the market in 2020 to make it easier for companies to employ teams internationally without the need to register a legal entity. The firm simplifies the employment process by managing the complexities of local labour laws, compliance, employment contracts, payroll, benefits, taxes and more, all wrapped up in an easy-to-use SaaS solution.
Details: Employers looking to hire across borders need not worry about the logistics of IT equipment in foreign countries. Using a cloud service, clients can select from an online catalogue of hardware products available for employees worldwide where local prices and availability are displayed in real time. Firms can order the devices they need for their work on a self-service basis without having to expend the cost upfront and wait for a reimbursement. This enables them to keep track of invoice payments, delivery status, and the serial number and model of the purchased equipment that has been assigned to each employee on one single-view dashboard.
Announcement: The FM provider has expanded its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.) social mobility initiative to five schools for its fifth year. The 2022 programme started this month at Bobby Moore Academy in London with the immersive course and will tour schools in Bradford, Manchester and London until December. The initiative has had nearly 550 graduates from 23 schools since 2017.
Description: Supported by independent education charity The Talent Foundry, the J.E.E.P. introduces pupils aged between 11 and 12 to the world of engineering and FM, bringing apprenticeships to their attention as a valid path to success before they choose their GCSE subjects. ABM volunteers from across divisions mentor students.
Details: The scheme tackles misperceptions of the FM industry and apprenticeships among young people and their parents to create a pipeline of future talent. Evaluated annually through surveys for all stakeholders, including students, teachers, and volunteers, J.E.E.P.’s latest results highlighted the success that ABM is achieving in these goals:
- 60% of students said they would consider an apprenticeship after completing J.E.E.P;
- 40% of students agreed they would be interested in a career in FM, thanks to the J.E.E.P; and
- 82% of young people said they now understood more about sustainability.
Announcement: The resource management company is extending sustainability for the farming industry by introducing Agribed, a sterile poultry bedding product for farmers.
Description: The innovation from Veolia's organics team uses waste streams from the paper industry to create a bedding material specifically to support the welfare of chickens and turkeys, boosting the circular economy in the farming industry and delivering cost savings.
Details: Veolia's organics team is working with 300 poultry farms with a target of meeting 25% of the UK demand. The production process takes the discarded fibre from the pulping processes in paper and cardboard mills and transforms it into kiln-dried paper crumb bedding for use in poultry sheds. Approved by Defra, the Environment Agency and Red Tractor for use as animal bedding, the product is delivered under Veolia's Arden brand. Agribed helps to optimise bird health and welfare where the key benefit of its high absorbency ensures that poultry sheds stay drier and friable for longer. After use the product has potential bio-energy applications to provide renewable heat for poultry farms, which lowers the carbon footprint. The resultant ash can be used as a soil conditioner.
Service: The global employee experience platform has launched LumApps Campaigns. The new product helps organisations personalise employee interactions by orchestrating communications so that relevant data is delivered to the right people at the right time and place.
Description: LumApps Campaigns enables organisations to create highly segmented groups based on various factors (eg, employee roles, interests, behaviours, and so on) and orchestrate targeted campaigns based on the unique needs and preferences of each individual. Companies can easily build, measure, and automate hyper-personalised campaigns across multiple channels to make meaningful connections that empower productivity and support engagement and retention efforts.
Details: LumApps have helped companies such as Palo Alto, Publicis Sapient, Electronic Arts, Airbus, and Just Eat. Campaigns are coordinated communications revolving around a goal, idea or event. To date, most organisations have been forced to execute campaigns using one-off, non-targeted, top-down communications, which aren’t as effective. LumApps Campaigns allows organisations to schedule multiple communications tailored to each employee and deliver multi-step campaigns across channels. To find out more, click here.
Organisation: Corps Security
Announcement: Corps Security announced this week that it will commit to the new Living Wage just released by the Living Wage Foundation. It is also launching a customer support programme to help businesses to navigate the rising costs focusing on efficiency, technology, and contract support.
Description: The company, a recognised service provider with the Living Wage Foundation, has confirmed that 87.5% of its colleagues are now paid the real Living Wage – and hopes to get this to 100% as soon as possible.
Details: Following news that the real Living Wage will increase by a record 10.9% to £10.90 (£11.95 in London), the provider said it will remain committed to paying its staff and encouraging its clients to pay the Living Wage. The company encourages and promotes that contract staff, across multiple locations across the UK, are paid the same. In October, Corps will launch a customer and industry-focused campaign to support businesses with rising costs. It will be supported with social media, media engagement, tips, guidance and advice blogs and customer activities. Find out more about this initiative here.
Organisation: UK Power Networks
Announcement: UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on across London, South East and East of England, has helped eight college students from under-represented groups to improve their career prospects with a work experience programme.
Description: During a two-week summer Powering Potential programme, students were based across the company’s offices in Borehamwood, Croydon, Bidder Street, Crawley and Colchester. One objective of the programme with STEM Learning was to research a 20-page report about how UK Power Networks responded to the unprecedented February storms and prepare a poster.
Details: The students met employees from key business areas to find out
how teams respond to a significant weather event including customer services, finance and innovation. Alongside this, students were able to visit field staff at work and participate in employability workshops. UK Power Networks’ aim is to support under-represented groups, with a particular focus on more rural communities.
Background: UK Power Networks is ranked number one in Europe in the global Smart Grid Index and was also named first in London earlier this year for Best Big Companies to Work For. The company is also a Platinum-level Investor in People.