As a facilities manager, you want your building to attract and retain tenants and to enhance their lives so that your building is an essential part of their business.
It’s part of why the WELL Building Standard has changed the way facilities managers think about how they operate their buildings to promote total wellness for their tenants.
As businesses slowly reopen, now is the time to focus on ensuring that your tenants feel supported. How can you create a facility that promotes the health and wellness of your tenants?
Updating Building Practices
A shift to healthy work and living environments has taken off in the past few years. Your building should be an environment in which your tenants thrive.
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has put together a strategy for this, caring for your tenant’s overall health. According to the IWBI, buildings should do the following seven things:
- Reduce indoor air pollution
- Give easy access to high-quality water
- Encourage better food culture
- Promote lighting systems that help our bodies function better
- Encourage fitness and exercise as part of our lives
- Foster a creative, comfortable and distraction-free environment
- Optimize our cognitive mental health
- Encourage innovation
These ideas are perfect to create happy, healthy tenants. You already may have developed a plan to foster WELL building practices, but if not, now is a great time to support your tenants’ overall wellness; you want them to love coming to work in your building.
Many advancements have been born out of disaster or unease. This is the perfect time to find the best ways to support your tenants. Do they need fresh drinking water or access to healthier food? This can reduce their stress greatly during a very stressful period of life.
Let the Sunshine In
If your tenants are spending plenty of time indoors, potentially physically distancing from others, this is the time to make sure your windows are streak free and sparkling clean. Clean windows allow for more sun to shine through and into the building, which makes the workplace feel brighter and lighter.
What can a little sunshine do for your tenants’ health?
- Higher serotonin levels and improved mood
- Increased vitamin D levels
- Better sleep at night
- Lower blood pressure levels
While it seems like an easy adjustment, a regular commercial window cleaning can make a huge difference in the overall quality of life for your tenants just by increasing the amount of light that streams in through the windows of your facility.
Focus on Indoor Air Quality
Are your tenants breathing well? As a facilities manager, you most likely perform routine maintenance on air filtering and heating and cooling systems, but good ventilation is important to help keep tenants breathing easy. The indoor contamination levels of some germs and viruses can be two to five times higher than a relative outdoor concentration. Poor indoor air quality can lead to other health issues like asthma too.
Since the COVID-19 coronavirus can persist in the air for about three hours, there’s rightfully a concern about air circulation and air quality. This is part of the reason that physical distancing is so necessary right now. As the occupancy of your building gradually increases, so does the need for proper ventilation and attention to the indoor air quality of your building.
What can you do to improve the indoor air quality of your building for your tenants? Facilities managers should think about how the air was designed to flow through your building. Especially if you work in a healthcare facility, air pressure, temperature and humidity are huge factors in the air quality and the health of your patients.
No matter the type of building, HVAC systems should be checked to help care for your tenants. Does the cooling coil need to be cleaned or perhaps replaced with a larger coil to keep air flowing properly with the correct amount of humidity? Maintenance of your HVAC system can improve overall indoor air quality and your tenants’ health.
We all can learn from the air quality of an operating room: Excess humidity (above 60 percent relative humidity) in the air can aid in the spread of infection. As air is cooled, the relative humidity level increases, making the air more viable to spread infection. You can learn more about the healthcare industry and how temperature and humidity are directly related to your building here.
Enlist the Help of Miami Janitorial Services
In thinking about keeping your tenants healthy and well, it’s natural that your attention should turn to the cleaning and disinfecting of your building to help prevent the transmission of germs. Are all of those high-touch surfaces truly clean?
These high-touch surfaces all should be cleaned regularly with approved cleaners to help protect your tenants’ health:
- Tables and desks
- Light switches
- Faucets and sinks
Not only does working with a commercial cleaning service ensure that these spaces are getting cleaned appropriately, but during uncertain times when illness spreads rapidly, professional janitorial services will put your tenants’ minds at ease to benefit their mental health too. They can trust that you are working to keep them as safe as possible.
Commercial cleaning services like All Building Cleaning Corp. have the tools and training to properly care for your facility to bolster the health of your tenants.
This is the time to ensure that you have reliable janitorial services—services that can stand up to a challenge and care for your building and its tenants. All Building Cleaning Corp. has been the chosen provider of janitorial services and office cleaning services in Miami because of our professionalism and attention to detail for years.
That’s why your satisfaction is always guaranteed—because we value the health and wellbeing of your tenants as much as you do.
Don’t wait any longer to advocate for the wellness of your tenants. Request a quote for your janitorial service needs from All Building Cleaning Corp today.