Some of you will have read an article I wrote a long time back discussing whether the office environment had a big part to play in an organizations ability to attract, engage and retain employee’s. Today I have had another thought about office environment which I want to share but please bear with me as this is a bit off the wall (you can find my original article here by the way > http://www.globallogisticsmedia.com/articles/view/the-future-is-now).
I have a team of A/C sanitizers at my house today deep cleaning all of the ducts because a dirty A/C system is a major health concern. Dirty ducts = breeding ground for mold and bacteria = increased chance of sickness (viruses – flu / colds… or worse etc etc) = time off work…. which I could do without right now with so many conferences and exhibitions to attend over the next few weeks, and that’s exactly why this is relevant to “The People Supply Chain”
Imagine an organization which (as part of positioning their brand as an employer of choice) cares about their employees enough that they go one step further than just improving the look and feel of their office’s.
Have you ever seen an employer shouting about the air quality in their offices?
“Join XXXXXX LTD we guarantee you will breathe the cleanest air throughout your working day” (I am talking about white collar offices in countries where A/C is required of course)
I say this tongue in cheek as it probably sounds a bit daft on the face of it but actually there cant be many more things which are important to a person than the quality of the air they breathe, and lets not forget a major key to success in winning the war for talent is about positively differentiating your organization from your competitors in any possible way you can think of.
Maybe I have just been sold on the importance of proper A/C sanitization, but I am not taking any chances and neither should you.
Whose responsibility should this really be in an organization? QHSSE, Facilities Mgr, GM, Directors…HR?
Just as a holistic approach was taken with Supply Chain management the same holistic approach must be applied to “The People Supply Chain” as things like this affect everyone. My A/C duct cleaning example is just a drop in the ocean when you consider all possible areas of an organization which directly or indirectly affect employees
I think it’s apt that i finish with A/C in mind, so here’s my final thought….
“Protect your workforce, become an even more attractive employer, reduce sickness, and stay productive…. clean those dirty ducts!”
PS: this is just an observation its not intended as a sales pitch… (although it would have been a very good one!)
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