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You have installed the energy management system, but the fun does not stop there. There are other energy management strategies that you could implement in the day to day runnings of your office to keep energy costs down and your eco-friendly status up. With you in mind, we have collated 5 of our favourite strategies for you to implement in your financial business.
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On Thursday 20th September, Sales & Marketing Director Alan Davies attended a marketing event held by OMP (Office Management Portal) at The Engine Room.
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Maintenance is key in order to keep your property and its contents working efficiently. There are a variety of methods available, in this blog post we focus on Reactive Maintenance. This is when repairs are undertaken where an issue arises with the appliance/item, this aims to fully restore the item to full working order. This method is sometimes known as ‘breakdown maintenance’ as usually the item is left to break down before any maintenance is completed. This method can be highly beneficial for financial businesses, keep reading to find out!
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Did you know on average more than 25,000 fires are started by plug-in heaters every year? This is a scary thought for any business owner. Fires in buildings not only destroy the workplace and its contents, they can also injure or kill employees. As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe, comfortable and health-conscious workplace, therefore, debating the use of plug-in heaters is important. Read our post to find out why financial institutions should invest in central heating rather than plug-in heaters.
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Your office’s washrooms will need particular attention and a specific cleaning regime in order to effectively disinfect the area. The toilets are one of the most germ-ridden places in your office as 1. This is where waste is disposed  2. It has some of the most touched surfaces in the building. Everyone needs to use the toilet, therefore everyone will be touching the same handle, toilet handle/button and hand dryer etc when using the facilities. With germs so easily being able to be spread, you need to ensure you know how to properly clean your financial building’s washroom.
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As festival season draws to a close for 2018 it does not mean the fun is over… it is time to start planning for 2019! One aspect of your plans should be the security schedule and how you will be able to keep fans safe. Regardless of whether you are a huge and well-known festival or an independent festival, all will need to ensure they have the correct security measures in place to protect fans, staff and acts. If you follow our basic security guideline you are able to ensure any emergency situations are unlikely to occur or are dealt with without unnecessary escalation.
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As a business owner, your main priorities are to keep your staff, property and yourself safe. It can be daunting to know you are the person who needs to respond to an alarm activation, as it is not always a false alarm. Whether this responsibility is on you, or on a specific member of your staff, if you are not trained or experienced in these types of life-threatening situations you could potentially be causing more harm than good.
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Any electrical appliance will use a lot of energy, your dishwasher is not immune from this. Although recent developments have meant they are using a lot less electricity than before, they will still require a measure of energy in order to effectively clean dishes. Your office dishwasher will require loading and unloading, with this task usually falling to the professional cleaner. It is essential you implement some best practices to ensure you are getting the most out of their contracted hours, are producing clean dishes and are being eco-friendly. With you in mind, we have collated some of our favourite tips to keep your financial office dishwasher eco-friendly and efficient.
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You may have implemented a range of techniques and services to improve your building indoors, but are you maintaining the outside? With the outside being as important as the inside, you need to ensure you have a professional undertaking your outdoor maintenance.
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Your property’s electrical safety should be addressed regularly to ensure staff, visitors and the property itself is safe. Due to the current generation mainly using electrical items, the probability of being injured is high. Many minor injuries can occur from electrical items, but fatal injuries can also occur. Therefore, it is essential you are adopting all electrical safety best practices to prevent any injury and/or damage. As a financial business, you should be doing everything you can to keep the workplace safe, as well as educating staff on how to keep the office safe. Keep reading to find out our top tips!
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Your financial building is particularly prone to spreading colds and flu. Regardless of whether you’re a London office or an office in the South-East, any office anywhere is at risk. With nearly all employees and visitors using public transport as well as being a shared space, it means the probability of catching a sniffle, sneeze and cough is highly likely. In some cases, a cold can be minor, but for others, it could lead to a life-threatening situation. Because of this threat, it is essential you have developed a thorough cleaning schedule which will keep your staff and visitors safe.
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Go back a few years and the only way to get in and out of the office was through physical keys. This often meant waiting around in some questionable weather conditions until the manager came with a key, then the managers had to wait until everyone had left the office before locking the doors. A high level of responsibility was left to managers to ensure the building was kept safe… introducing the development of access control systems- the office’s holy grail. These systems not only benefit the employees and managers but also the property itself, they provide another security protection layer in order to keep everyone and everything safe.
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Pests and rodents have the ability to damage property and impact health, therefore you should be highly aware of pest contamination. It is essential you ensure your property is preventing contamination at all costs, it is particularly the food aspects of your building that are at most risk, for example, your canteen, kitchen and communal eating areas. If you do not comply you could be sued, lose staff or even have to close your business! Keep reading to find out how to prevent pests from contaminating your financial office’s canteen.
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If you own a property, business or collection of assets, asset lifecycle management is essential for you to stay within budget, work effectively and remain safe. Essentially, asset management is the process of managing vital assets. The management involves a life cycle which describes every stage: planning, purchasing, maintenance and disposal. In this blog we explain what exactly is meant and the benefits which occur as a result of implementing this into your financial company schedule.
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The need for a clean property is very important in terms of visuals as well as health and safety. With both being paramount, it is necessary that you hire professional cleaners to undertake the necessary work for your building, or face the risk of it not being done properly. The details of cleaning can be missed if an experienced professional is not undertaking the cleaning duties, therefore an in-house janitor could extremely benefit your financial business.
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Although caffeine is said to be antibacterial, your coffee machine could be hosting a variety of pathogenic bacteria… contaminating every employee craving that coffee buzz. Your drip tray? Yes, over 60 germs are currently living there. It has been found that the capsule container is where the deadly germs start to multiply, then quickly spread to the rest of the machine, including the drink itself. You may be thinking ‘we regularly rinse our machine’, a rinse is simply not strong enough to kill bacteria- your health is at risk every time you take a sip.
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Here at WINNS we often receive multiple calls to our head office from our staff as they believe they have been mispaid. We can say 99.9% of these queries have been paid correctly, but it is simply miscalculation by staff that made the figure appear to be odd.
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On the 2nd August, WINNS introduced a new member to the family- Harmony Elliott. Our Operations & Finance Director Rob Stillwell and Head Of Business Continuity Karen Stillwell became grandparents for the first time.
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