10 things to get right with your offshore oil rig living quarters

Published By: Gulfland Structures on May 15th, 2016

Offshore Oil Rig

When choosing offshore oil rig living quarters, there are a few things to keep in mind. They play a big role in determining how satisfied your employees are with you as an employer, day in and day out. It’ll determine their ability to relax, sleep well, stay hygienic, etc. To make certain you’re getting your offshore oil rig living quarters exactly right, keep these ten things in mind:

1) Bed quality

The quality of sleeping arrangements in your offshore oil rig living quarters can be easily correlated to overall productivity of your staff. Why? Because poor sleep leads to tired workers, and tired workers make mistakes, drag basic tasks out and get sick more often. By making sure your workers can get a good night’s rest when they settle in for the evening, you equip them to do their best for you when morning comes and they’re back on the clock. Studies have made the impact of sleep deprivation on work quality quite clear over the years. In a situation where sleep quality is under your control, the decision should be clear.

2) Climate control

Good climate control can mean the difference between wholly miserable workers and completely satisfied workers. Pay close attention to this aspect of your living quarters. You could end up wasting money if the climate control system isn’t up to snuff, so it’s doubly important to get right.

If the quarters you’re looking at don’t come ‘out of the box’ with good climate control, you’ll need to account for that independently. Don’t ever assume you’ll be able to figure it out after the fact. This should be sorted out before complete installation and final checks.

3) Hygiene facilities

If it’s difficult for your workers to stay clean, this won’t just reduce morale, it could result in greater rates of illness. Little things can become big problems when not properly considered. By making showers and rest a pleasant activity, you gain a boost to morale and keep your facilities cleaner and more productive.

4) Layout

Try to make sure there aren’t unnecessary twists, turns and detours. It may not seem important, but over time, little frustrations, flaws, and time-wasters inherent in poor design will add up to lost efficiency and grumpy workers. If it doesn’t look reasonable to deal with on a daily basis, it probably isn’t.

5) Personal space

Personal space for your crew should be a high priority. While they don’t need their own rooms, a bit of control over the environment can go a long way. If you’re looking for more compressed quarter options, make sure everyone has their own space with personal lights and other little details. It may not seem like much, but giving employees more control will keep them satisfied with their living quarters and lead to greater productivity.

6) Scalability

If you anticipate growth, this is a major consideration. Some units are extremely amenable to growth, allowing you to pop in another and double your space without hesitation. For others, expansion will represent a major effort. Think carefully on your scalability needs before you make a decision.

7) Build quality

Poorly built and designed offshore oil rig living quarters may come with a lower price tag on the front end, but you could end up spending more than anticipated in repairs, upkeep, replacements, and other associated headaches. You also expose your workers to potential inconvenience, injury, and health issues when you go with a less reliable solution. It’s better to go with quality that will last a long time without incident.

8) Customer support

If you need to order additional quarters or replacement parts, you don’t want it to be a hassle. This goes double for resolving issues with the units; if you need help to fix a major inconvenience, and can’t get anyone on the phone for days at a time, you’ll regret it no matter how great the initial deal was. Make sure good customer support is ready and available in case of an emergency or repair.

9) Warranties

If something goes wrong, who pays for it? Given the money involved, and the difficulty of making repairs offshore, you want a strong warranty. A company with confidence to offer a strong warranty puts enough care into its products that you likely won’t need a warranty in the short term. Be sure to factor this into your decision.

10) Safety features

Legal and ethical ramifications aside, safely-built living quarters should be a high priority. You don’t want employees getting injured under any circumstances: it’s bad for PR, morale, and insurance premiums. Everyone’s going to meet international standards, but the ones that go a step further deserve special attention.

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