[This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]
Doing your regular job is demanding enough most days. But when something goes wrong with the office facilities and amenities, you will be busier than ever. If you’re not quite sure how to manage unexpected building emergencies, the following tips may help.
Unless you live in a climate that is temperate year-round, everyone in your office will rely on consistent temperature control. Employees want to work in an environment that is comfortably warm in the winter and adequately cool during the summer months. If the HVAC system develops a problem, and people start feeling too chilly in the office, contact a heater repair expert for help. Maybe a simple adjustment is needed, or possibly a costly repair. Either way, the system needs to be checked by a professional.
A backed-up toilet or a clogged sink will cause problems for employees and customers alike. Chances are that you can’t spare time away from your duties to use the plunger and try to fix plumbing problems. Call a professional plumber for advice and assistance if needed. Emergency service is usually available so the problem can be addressed promptly. Don’t hesitate, as an unresolved plumbing problem can sometimes lead to localized flooding that is expensive and inconvenient to repair.
When the electric power goes out during a thunderstorm, there’s a reasonable chance it will be restored afterward or within a relatively short amount of time. But if your company’s electrical system develops a short circuit or sparks when equipment is plugged in or turned on for use, it’s time to call an electrical expert. A problem with the wiring could cause a fire or someone to get shocked. You can’t wait and hope the issue will improve on its own. Contact a licensed electrician for an inspection and recommendation.
Most offices have a company-wide security system in place to protect doors, windows, and other points of entry from burglars or vandals. If the security system stops working by not beeping when it should or the warning lights aren’t flashing, have the system checked. Sometimes this can be done remotely by the security company. In other cases, a site inspection is necessary. Get the problem handled right away to protect employees and office assets from criminal activities.
Managing the office amenities is not always easy, but it is important. When you handle problems that pop up unexpectedly, you can head off major issues and earn the gratitude of the company owner and possibly coworkers and customers as well.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.