From creating the ‘wow’ factor for a big client arriving for a meeting, to preventing long-term issues that can disrupt your business operations, it’s important to consider including grounds maintenance as part of your overall facilities management services.
Grounds maintenance can certainly make your company maintain an impressive environment, but what else can it offer? Here, we explore the benefits, and why it makes sense to partner with an experienced and trusted facilities management company like 14forty.
1) The right first impression
As customers, clients and guests arrive at your workplace, that all-important first impression is being made. That’s why, on top of your other facilities management services, it pays to be on top of grounds maintenance - ensuring your hedges are pruned, trees are immaculate and gardens are a work of art.
Well maintained surroundings can also have a positive impact on your staff. The mental health charity Mind says 60% of employees would be more motivated if their employer supported their mental wellbeing, citing the quality of the physical work environment as a key factor.
At 14Forty, we aim to ensure your environment is always ready to inspire. Our expert grounds maintenance team cover everything from landscaping and pruning to arboriculture and vegetation management.
2) Ensuring a safe workplace
Research has shown that slips and trips are the most common cause of workplace injuries. To keep your guests and employees safe, grounds maintenance is essential – especially in the winter months where adverse weather conditions are so frequent. Trees can fall and walkways can become hazardous.
At 14Forty, we provide tailored grounds and outdoor maintenance plans to suit every season. This can include lawn upkeep in the summer, road and pathway clearance in the autumn, and gritting to tackle slippery conditions in the winter. We’re also mindful to avoid unnecessary noise at important times of the working day.
3) Grounds maintenance experts who go the extra mile
We know it can be easy to lose track of not-so-obvious jobs such as gutter and gully cleaning, but if ignored over time, problems can develop. During heavy rainfall, flooding can be seriously hazardous and disruptive to your workplace. In fact, research shows the average cost of flood damage to UK companies is around £82,000.
At 14Forty, our teams proactively seek out potential issues from drains, pipes and gutters, ensuring they're regularly maintained so no nasty surprises happen down the line.
4) Part of the bigger picture
Did you know we offer grounds maintenance as part of bespoke facilities management service bundles, designed to meet the needs of your company?
Having multi-skilled people on board means our teams can work and react flexibly to the varying needs of your business – ensuring it’s always performing and looking its best, inside and outside.
By tying in the complexities of multiple service types into one central operation, we help our clients to concentrate on their businesses and what really matters to them.