There’s a lot to consider when selecting offshore accommodations – countless factors interact to determine the end result of your purchase. The cost of upkeep, initial installation expenses, the impact on employee morale, and turnover all have an effect on branding and marketing. Offshore accommodations can have quite the impact on your bottom line as well. With so many opportunities and pitfalls condensed into a single decision, it’s important that you pick well; this article will help.
1) Hygiene facilities.
Living quarters should be designed to promote health through hygeine. Poor personal care can cross contaminate many areas, such as the kitchen and food preparation areas. Your employees must exist in an environment in which good hygiene is promoted.
2) Private spaces.
Space may be at a premium on any offshore facility, but privacy is an essential to a well adjusted life. Without some semblance of privacy laborers may become disillusioned and angry. This will no doubt have an am adverse affect on their professional performance. Something as simple as a locker, a curtained-off bed, and a private lamp can go a very long way. These small creature comforts will go a long way to establish good morale.
3) Scalable design.
Not every business needs to consider it, but businesses should consider scalability (where applicable) in regards to offshore living quarters. Inadequate accommodations can cause serious barriers to future growth. Instead of being able to expand as needed, you’ll have to decide whether the profits exist to make a complete replacement affordable.
4) Energy efficient.
An energy efficiency design can save immense amounts of money over time. Poorly designed facilities can cause waste in countless ways, both obvious and obscure. You only need look at how amazingly complex something like LEED standards get to see the various ways energy gets wasted in a building. A bad design can force employees to climate control largely unused areas or keep lights on during the day. A good one does exactly the opposite, making ever use of energy effective and limited.
You shouldn’t have to decide between keeping costs down and keeping your workers comfortable; well designed offshore accommodations should be weatherproofed, in the same way that a well-designed living or working space on the shore is weatherproofed. A lot of this will be out of the hands of the manufacturer—if you hang doors poorly or don’t put proper sealants in place, the best design in the world will leak air like a sieve. But you should start from a good base point, something that won’t require excessive effort to get properly prepared.
6) Easily maintained.
Maintenance can be an expensive pain due to faulty parts, expensive replacements, or difficult to access infrastructure. The tedious work of replacing the same parts repeatedly can lower morale. Replacement parts can also be very difficult to obtain on an offshore facility. That means a problem can linger, agitating your crew for far longer than it should.
7) Responsive support.
Things go wrong. It’s just the nature of the beast. If something goes wrong with your offshore accommodations and you need to speak with customer support—to order replacements or seek advice—then you want someone to respond quickly and thoroughly. You don’t want to add five or six days of waiting for someone to call you back.
8) Effective sleeping spaces.
Poor sleep can be the biggest enemy of productivity. As an offshore operator you control the quality of sleep that your employees can get more than most employers. If you put them in good living quarters with quality bedding and general comfort, you’re going to get well-rested employees. On the other side, poor quarters can and will result in less rested employees, which will cause mistakes that your company simply cannot afford to make.
9) Entertainment options.
While it’s not necessarily inherent to the accommodations themselves, it’s something to consider when making your selection. You need appropriate spaces to help workers stay busy, so make sure that you choose accommodations that will keep your employees entertained. If there’s nowhere convenient to relax, your employees will be less relaxed—and that can impact your bottom line substantially.
Even a minor safety issue can become a catastrophe off-shore—and for this reason, even the perception that your offshore accommodations aren’t safe can be devastating to employee morale and satisfaction. That’s why it’s important to choose accommodations that meet all necessary standards, and feel secure and safe as well. Employees shouldn’t spend fitful nights worrying that a storm will sweep their living space into the ocean, even if that concern might be ridiculous.
Offshore accommodations are one of the more unique investments a company makes, as few companies need to struggle so directly with the off-the-clock worries of their employees. Get it wrong, and no amount of pay will keep good workers around. Get it right, and not only will you be able to acquire and retain superior talent, you’ll save money and make your brand look better than ever to investors and the public. It’s well worth taking your time to make a decision you’ll be satisfied with.