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Woosh loves this great Q & A with Anabas Managing Director, Alistair Craig.

We are proud to support Anabas as they grow and we are even prouder to say we have supported Anabas whilst they set up a facilities operation from scratch in 3 weeks for the landmark building in central London!


In this latest speaker Q&A, managing director Alistair Craig, from corporate office facilities management specialist Anabas, provides his top tips for office managers looking to enhance their workplace facilities, and provides a snapshot of what to expect in his seminar session at office* 2016.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career?

Early on in my career I had an inspirational boss who lived by the mantra ‘customer perception is reality’.  It’s something that has proven to hold true throughout my career and an important mantra for everyone to bear in mind if you wish your customers to be advocates of the product or service you provide.

What do you love most about your work?

The variety of industries and companies we deal with at Anabas and their different cultures, ways of working and workspaces, which are often extensions of how they see themselves.  I thrive on the diversity– I can be visiting a global advertising agency in the morning, a top law firm in the afternoon and a financial services business later in the same day.  All different, but equally immensely proud of their workspaces.

What has been your biggest challenge in your career?

Moving from a global FTSE100 company to a medium sized business where the buck stops with me.  No excuses.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve been asked to do in the last 12 months?

 To set-up a facilities operation from scratch in three weeks for a landmark central London building for occupancy by 2,200 people.

From experience, what’s the most optimal working environment?

The most optimal working environment is a very personal thing. It depends on the individual, their role and mobility. My general observation is that the best locations (those with more space, access to natural daylight and good views) are afforded to those people who spend the least amount of time at them.  The converse also holds true. I think ‘bosses’ should consider more carefully the best allocation of working space in an office.  The best way to do this is to go back to the floor and work in the role/space that their employees are given.

What are your 3 top tips for office managers looking to enhance their workplace facilities?

  1. Give your employees good coffee/tea facilities. Global surveys say this is really important. That Monday morning coffee sets the tone for the day – a happy workforce makes for a happy workplace!
  2. Create space for people to collaborate. Most meeting rooms are far too big for the 2-3 person collaboration which is vital for organisational success.
  3. Cleanliness is really important to offices occupants.  Make sure you don’t skip on cleaning your offices properly.  Nobody wants to work in a grimy space.

What can visitors expect from your session?

 The session will allow office managers to:

  1. Get a quick and helpful snapshot of what’s important for managing facilities management in the corporate office – to create a safe, compliant and welcoming workplace
  2. Understand what’s important in terms of statutory maintenance and health and safety legislation to ensuring a safe and fully compliant working environment
  3. The little things that can make a big difference – small touches to enhance your facilities and get the best from your workplace

What are you looking forward to most at office* 2016?

Meeting other visitors to the show and absorbing some of the ideas and innovations on offer.

Article & Q&A from Office Show.

See the full article here: http://www.officeshow.co.uk/speaker-qa-alistair-craig-managing-director-at-anabas/