Got Facilities Staff on Vacation? Outsourced Building Maintenance Professionals are the Solution

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What do building managers and business owners do to cover staff vacations? With reduced staff sizes and the desire to maintain high morale in the workplace, managers and owners strive to provide vacation time to their staffs—some creatively and some rather extreme. But one solution commonly overlooked is outsourcing when employees go on vacation or are out sick.

When maintenance staff members are out on vacation, there can be stress on the employees left to handle everything

It’s almost the end of summer and the vacations are mounting! What do building managers and business owners do to cover staff vacations? One business owner shared his approach in a recent article featured in the La Crosse Tribune. Gary Harter, owner of Harter’s Quick Clean-Up, shuffles positions and even his own workload to ensure employees have vacation time. According to the article, shuffling staff so everyone gets a fair share of relaxation is a challenge. Harter steps in when necessary and he’s added an extra full-time position year round just to fill in when staff go on vacation or are out sick.

With reduced staff sizes and the desire to maintain high morale in the workplace, managers and owners strive to provide vacation time to their staffs—some creatively and some rather extreme. But one solution commonly overlooked is outsourcing when employees go on vacation or are out sick.

“When maintenance staff members are out on vacation, there can be stress on the employees left to handle everything,” says Troy Norberg, General Manager of Tru-Serve, Inc., a Minneapolis-St. Paul area property and building maintenance company. “Outsourcing helps by providing managers with the needed workers to get the job done without stretching employee morale thin.”

Outsourcing is cost-effective and flexible. That’s a huge benefit for managers during high peak vacation time such as summer. Outsourcing can also allow building maintenance managers who have seasonal or cyclical demands to bring in the additional resources when needed and to release them when done.

When partnering with an outsourced building maintenance company, building and facilities managers can be assured that qualified professionals will be available to cover for employees who call in sick. Having such backup means regular maintenance or projects get set aside or fall behind—an important advantage to outsourcing.

According to Norberg, “Outsourcing building maintenance gives property managers control to keep their facilities clean and in good repair even when permanent employees take those much deserved breaks from the job.”

Outsourcing building and property maintenance provides many benefits such as:

  •     Saves time
  •     24/7 service
  •     Staffing flexibility
  •     Range of services
  •     Qualified professionals all the time
  •     Documentation for work done
  •     Ability to handle large projects
  •     Control of operational costs
  •     No worries about vacation coverage
  •     Workers’ compensation and insurance coverage provided by outsourced firm
  •     Provides level of consistency
  •     Reduces risk; outsourcing provider manages risk
  •     Quick return on investment

For over two decades, Tru-Serve has been meeting the property and building maintenance needs of clients in the healthcare, residential, commercial and nonprofit industries throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. Founded on the belief that maintenance services can be comprehensive, exceptional and provided with personalized care, Tru-Serve consistently proves itself as a top maintenance and consulting services company.

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