Companies must keep their workplaces clean so that employees don’t fall sick often and cost them in the long run. The Qurum Business Group (QBG), in collaboration with the Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA), held a workshop in Oman recently to address the issue of workplace health and hygiene and spread awareness about how this affects employees.
“The problem is that in FM, everyone just thinks about cleaning. But, there are many other important requirements, including pest control, office maintenance, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance,” Khulood Al Hosni, assistant manager for corporate communications at QBG, said. “This idea has still not spread throughout the Omani market. So, we want to show the importance of having these services under one contract.” As many as 86 representatives from different companies in Oman attended the conference. Al Hosni, however, said that more was needed to be done to make employees aware of the importance of cleanliness at the workplace.
With real estate expanding in Oman, the company's target is to see how many buildings come up from now until 2020, so that it can target businesses and make them aware of the importance of proper maintenance. They will then realise the value of integrated facilities management, wherein things can be easily taken care of by one company from A to Z. This includes services such as electrical compliance, fire safety, and security,” she revealed.