Most people don’t think about these quiet achievers until something isn’t working or a utility bill hasn’t been paid.
In promoting energy and water efficiency, we encourage people to turn off lights and computers when not in use and report leaks etc but the real action usually happens behind plant room doors and on roof tops.
Unfortunately, tuning chillers, boilers, fans, cooling towers and other equipment, installing variable speed drives and checking complex building control systems are not things you normally write home about.
Facility managers are also constantly under pressure to cut costs and often have to defer plant upgrades and preventive maintenance so that limited funds can be directed to the ‘pointy end’ – which generally means that staff spend more time fixing equipment when it breaks down.
This week, instead of sending a complaint, why not send a compliment?
Send your property team an email or a ‘fault’ report to say ‘Thanks – The temperature in the office is just right!’ or ‘Just thought I’d let you know that the lights are all working!’ or a simple ‘Thanks for doing a great job.’
Do it now – and pass this on!