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4 FM Mega-Trends

Woosh have been looking into the future, and these are 4 important trends that we think will affect the FM and service industry, going forward into the next decade.

Global warming will be one of the main sustainability challenges for the coming decade. To become more energy and carbon-efficient, the facilities and service industries will have to deal with challenges that will have a number of consequences for them. This will affect supply and value chains as well as building design, management, and maintenance. The systemic design will become a necessity when designing products, service solutions, and technology.

Technology- love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. It can increase productivity, lead to the development of new industries, as well as income growth and reduced poverty. Towards 2020 Woosh expect to see major progress in intelligent technology, such as near field communication (NFC) sensors, smart surveillance, security applications, and smart robots. This will enable the automation of more activities. With prices for advanced technologies declining, and labour costs increasing, we believe technology will take over more domains and functions as robotics improve in quality.

There will be increased demands for new skill sets, as technological development squeezes low-quality labour out of the market. For example: cleaning, will no longer be just an issue of ‘elbow grease’ or security just a set of ‘beady eyes’. New technologies will require that people work in a more resourceful and productive way.

Individualisation will be a must if facilities management and service providers are to make an impact on organisations and social relations. People and organisations want to feel special and unique. No one wants ‘one-size-fits-all’ products, services or solutions. Individualisation will be prominent as employees and customers increase their demands for individual attention. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world there will be a need for solutions that are scalable, customisable and cost-effective.

Over the coming decade, an increased focus on health and well-being will affect more aspects of private and business life. With lifestyle-related illnesses on the increase, the focus on health, exercise, and diet, will create a major impact on the global FM and services industry.

In Europe, over 30% of integrated FM revenue is generated by the healthcare sector. As budget cuts in Europe affect service provision, we think governments will likely outsource more activities.

The growth and scale of lifestyle-related diseases, like diabetes, will lead to new incentives in building designs to promote healthier and more productive lifestyles among company employees. Buildings will be assessed and designed to promote more active, comfortable, and fruitful lifestyles. As sitting seems to be the new smoking, more companies will be using flexible desking, have in house gyms and make provisions for healthy eating.

Written By Ashlyn-Jane

4 Ways to make your workplace healthier and more productive

As humans we all become stuck in our ways, it’s natural! When it comes to workplace wellbeing some of us are happy to carry on in our corporate world, just the way we always have. Well, wake up people! Times are changing so we’ve come up with 4 easy ways you can boost your workplace productivity whilst being a lot healthier…no, it doesn’t involve an expensive office re-design or fancy desks! Read on…

Walking Meetings
The mid-afternoon meeting (the one that’s never productive)… infamous for smartphone checking, doodling, and daydreaming (…dare we say napping?). You don’t need a meeting pod to spur your creative thinking! Go for a brisk walk around the block with a couple of colleagues to get the creative juice flowing. Not only do meetings like these get you your 10,000 steps and Vitamin D but they’ve also been proven to improve employee relations and boost energy levels. Happy staff = hard working staff.

You don’t need a meeting pod to spur your creative thinking!

We’re not asking you to abolish all sit-down meetings (sometimes they’re necessary), but every once in a while…why not!

Office Plants
Although having loads of plants hanging around can remind you of your Grans greenhouse- they’re actually great for office spaces. We advise starting small, a little plant on your desk (here at Woosh we’re loving cacti at the moment!) is enough to boost oxygen and make your desk feel a little funkier! They’re brilliant little things and have been proven to make people calmer, happier and… improve productivity and creativity!

Proven to make people calmer, happier and… improve productivity.

If you’re looking for a company to brighten your office space with some more impressive plants then we can recommend Planteria Group check out their website here! They have multiple options from flowers, plants and tiny trees (even cacti!).

Don’t go crazy, no one wants to work in the jungle (asides from Bear Grills). A small plant here and there will do the trick and liven up your office in a flash!

Healthy Eating
This sounds cliché and well, maybe it is- but we’re going to mention it anyway! We all need snacks throughout the day to keep mood and energy up – that’s not rocket science. If your office has a vending machine, what does it sell? Let us guess: Crisps, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and maybe water if you’re lucky! (We’ll be stoked if you tell us we’re wrong about this.) This is why people find it so difficult to lose the pounds when snacking at work, the snacks they reach for are far from healthy. If you manage staff, listen up! Sugary highs end with lethargic lows and we all know what that does to productivity…Uh uh- kills it!

We all need snacks throughout the day to keep mood and energy up.

As an employer, staff will thank you for providing healthy snacks every day of the week. It can be as simple as some fruit or a granola bar- no one’s judging, we all start somewhere.

Here’s a list of some great companies that will deliver healthy snacks directly to your office, to save you the bother:

> Fruitdrop (www.fruitdrop.co.uk)  – These guys are great for delivering you fruit, milk and their ‘Nutribox’. In this box, you’ll find gluten-free snacks that are designed with the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat to reduce sugar cravings and help everyone feel fuller for longer! Psst…they also deliver to residential addresses.

> Snack Nation (www.snacknation.com) – They say ‘Delicious healthy snacks for awesome offices’… We say ‘Yes please!’. They will help you choose the right plan for your office size and guarantee 50% snack rotation so no snack boredom if you choose the Snack Nation crew. They provide you with a great variety of anything from Matt’s Mango Munchies to Complete’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (a healthy one obvs!). See for yourself.

Get Up And Get Moving
If you’re lucky enough to have a gym at your place of work, use it! The benefits of exercising regularly have been proven many times- you don’t need us to tell you this (4 Reasons why exercising boosts productivity at work? Click HERE!). If you’re lacking the motivation, you’re not alone! Luckily we have the solution…team up with your work buddies. Take on the gym together (no, not Jim from IT, leave him alone) there’s power in numbers and someone to hold you accountable is an added bonus.

Take on the gym together… there’s power in numbers and someone to hold you accountable.

No gym? No excuse! Go out walking…a 15 min brisk walk is better than nothing. Another idea we’ve seen is a pedometer challenge. Split your office into sections, be it Sales, Marketing, and Finance or just into equal groups! Every person has a pedometer (paid for by the company) and at the end of every week/month the group’s steps are counted up. Winning group gets a prize- we’ll leave that to your imagination (wine goes down very well and it’s good for the cholesterol, or so they say and we’re sticking to it).

Humans are naturally competitive, so this is a great way to get fit. Suggest fitness challenges to your workmates like- first to 100 push-ups (or 50). Why not ask if a pull-up bar could be installed on the door frame leading to the breakout room? Little bursts of fitness throughout the day are great for energy levels and productivity, and it saves you getting in your lycra and heading to the gym! Many people are put off by the idea of driving to the gym, getting changed, waiting their turn for the weights or machines (as well as having your every move being watched by someone who practically thinks they’re the Incredible Hulk!).

OK, so the office doesn’t need to be turned into a gym but installing a pull-up bar or a TRX suspension trainer in a relaxed area of the office? It’s not going to break the bank and it’ll get everyone off their butts!

Thanks for reading, we hope this helps you make your workplace healthy, wealthy and wise!