When purchasing offshore oil rig living quarters, it behooves a business to take its time in assessing vendors and their products. After all, good living quarters can quickly become a selling point for recruiting superior workers, maximize morale, minimize maintenance costs, etc. Inversely, bad living quarters can drive high turnover, excessive maintenance and repair costs, and drop productivity through the floor as morale plummets. With all this in mind, be sure to consider these seven things if you’re in the market for quarters:
1) Amenity quality
At the most basic level, you should assess living quarters the same way you would any other house, apartment, hotel, etc. The amenities offered, and their general quality of construction, will influence your employees’ quality of life immensely. This isn’t just a matter of how satisfied your employees feel in working for you, as important as that may be; it impacts factors such as sleep quality, hygiene consistency, injury and illness rates, and dozens of other factors you won’t notice until something goes horribly wrong.
If the quality of your living quarters isn’t up to snuff, nothing else on this list matters. Once you’ve cleared that first hurdle, you can consider everything else in turn.
If you need to expand your operations and bring in more employees, will you be able to add to your choice of living quarters without a major ordeal? If this isn’t likely to be relevant to your business, you can ignore it as a feature, but if there’s even a chance that you’ll need to expand your quarters in the future it’s worth considering.
Whether it’s the physical convenience of adding additional quarters to what you have or the capacity of the firm in question to supply what you need, it’s important to consider from early on if such growth is even a small possibility.
3) Customer support
If you call the vendor, email them, or contact them however they prefer to be contacted, how long does it take to get in contact with someone who can help you? Once you reach that point, are you talking to someone that can actually help you with your situation, whatever it may be? Ordering new or replacement parts, looking at compensation due to a failure or flaw, asking for help with something that’s confused you in installation or upkeep, etc., you don’t want any of these things to be a long, slow slog.
To a degree, you can gauge this based on your initial contact with the vendor, but it’s also a good idea to ask directly about their customer service, the promises they’re willing to make and what other customers have to say.
4) Supply considerations
Can the vendor meet your needs in terms of capacity, delivery turnaround, etc.? Your initial order isn’t likely to be the only business you have with your living quarters vendor, of course—if something breaks down and needs to be repaired or replaced, how long will it take to get it in your hands and installed? A moderate delay can feel like an eternity offshore, so consider this carefully.
Also worth considering is the question of longevity; does the company in question have the sort of history that indicates it will still be around 10 years down the line, still ready to supply you with replacement parts and maintenance? If not, you should take that into consideration and make sure you’ll be able to maintain your quarters in the absence of the company, should such a thing come about.
5) Efficient layouts
A poorly designed living quarter can lend itself to inefficiencies in the day to day lives of your employees, so make sure you give the quarters a look over to make sure there’s nothing blatantly stupid about the layouts and other features. If normal activities take twice as long because of a design oversight, that’s wasted time and frustrated workers waiting to happen.
6) Material quality
Investigate the materials being used to build your quarters thoroughly—barely good enough isn’t really good enough, in most cases. You want something that’s going to endure whatever nature can throw at the outside and your workers can throw at the inside, lest you get bogged down in endless repairs and maintenance concerns.
You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions about where the vendor gets its supplies, although not all of them will be eager to share. The more informed you are, the better your decisions should be.
There are some things you’ll never quite be able to figure out unless you’ve been a customer of the manufacturer or vendor for a while. That doesn’t mean you have to accept the gamble blind, though. You should ask for references—this is a commercial industry, so it’s a huge warning flag if the manufacturer can’t offer even a single satisfied customer to say their piece.
You can also look for reviews and other opinions, but keep in mind the basic truth of the internet and reviews in general: people are more likely to take the time to complain about something than praise it.
By keeping these seven factors in mind, you’ll be far more likely to end up with living quarters you and your employees can live with happily. Just take the time to ask questions, think through the answers, and make the best possible choice for your company—the right decision can have a major impact, so it’s good to get it right.