Many companies use spreadsheets to manage small numbers of property maintenance issues but as the portfolio or size of the estate grows, headaches arise when it comes to coordinating multiple maintenance requests with all stakeholders. Also, risks are far more likely to occur with the continued use of spreadsheets and manual data entry.
The advantages of using Facilities Management Software over spreadsheets include:
Avoiding errors which can lead to expensive mistakes managing jobs and contractors.
Provision of an audit trail
Helping organisations to resolve issues fast and prove that jobs have been carried out correctly.
Date and user stamped updates
Enabling building and FM managers to refer back to the people responsible for handling the work.
Accurate records are kept to comply with Health & Safety guidelines
Minimising the risk of legal issues.
Large volumes of work requests, inspections, servicing and contractor management can be easily controlled
Allowing companies to meet demand and grow the customer base without extra staff.
Certificates, documents, photographic evidence and detailed work order histories can be stored
Enabling users to refine processes and increase accountability.
Automatic task triggers using intelligent workflows and configurable outputs
Facilitating the fast flow of information, direct to maintenance teams, occupants and contractors.
The formalisation of the occupant request process through online portals
Reducing the manpower required to field incoming issues.
Use of mobile apps
Removing the need for paper records.
Improving the experience of your customers and employees
Having a specialist Facilities Management system in place with a web portal to log work requests will enhance the user experience for both property tenants and staff members who need to report maintenance issues. Occupant access to such platforms is normally available 24/7/365, with essential information captured each time. This will save customers the time of leaving messages and waiting for call backs. Workflow responses can be automated too as even the most hard-working FM teams take a day off!
Specialist FM software also offers auto triggers that can be set up to send out email alerts to tenants or employees with information on the status of a query, such as, “The plumber is on his way”. This type of automation also saves on administration time and reduces the number of calls fielded by maintenance co-ordinators. Organisations therefore become more efficient and can realise significant cost saving benefits.