When you have so many other things to consider—the equipment that gets the job done, transportation, basic logistics, etc.—it can be easy to let something like the quality of your offshore living quarters manufacturers slip past without a due amount of scrutiny. But: the quality of your living quarters can very, very quickly become a major issue for your operation, influencing morale, turnover, efficiency, and a host of other issues. Not convinced? Consider these nine simple reasons to take your time when choosing who to purchase quarters from:
Maintenance gets expensive
One of the most straightforward reasons to pay attention to the quality of any manufacturer you make major purposes from, maintenance concerns take on an entirely new degree of complexity for offshore living quarters. And when anything goes wrong out at sea, it’s inherently going to me more expensive to repair than the same problem on land, where supplies are far easier to come by.
If you ignore every other reason on this list, this alone should encourage you to put some thought into who you buy from; check their record, their references, and the quality of their products before you make a single purchase.
Replacing damaged parts can be difficult
Continuing on from the last point, even if you can afford to repair parts despite the increased cost of doing so at sea, the failure of a crucial system can spell disaster, ranging from simple frustration to major health and safety concerns—concerns you’ll be forced to contend with for significantly longer, if you require parts shipped in from the shore. Even a mild hiccup can cost you quite a bit all told, even ignoring the impacts on morale that any problem with quarters will inevitably have. Avoid these problems as much as possible—invest in top quality living quarters, built by a trustworthy manufacturer.
Poor facilities, poor hygiene
Moving on to usage issues with your offshore living quarters, it’s important to consider the value of good facilities in encouraging proper hygiene. You don’t want a team of workers who hate to take showers because of some problem with the facilities, or who don’t have easy access to other necessities and thus get lax as a result. Even ignoring the simple morale impact of poor hygiene on your workers, you don’t want anything less than stellar hygiene in a cramped offshore facility, for simple health reasons. Speaking of which…
Health hazards can ruin you
Every illness and injury offshore, like every maintenance issue, is inherently more difficult to deal with than that same issue on land. That means that if your cheap quarters manage to hurt someone in any way, you’re in for a world of trouble in expenses, morale loss, and, potentially, attention from government agencies. Safety is paramount for your offshore living quarters, and safety can’t be guaranteed unless the quality of the manufacturer is guaranteed. It’s simply not worth the risk to go cheap and not spend the time to consider your options.
Miserable living drives high turnover
The very nature of offshore living quarters means you face a very big potential problem: your workers don’t get to go home and relax after their shift. Instead of controlling their quality of life for 8 hours of the day, you control it for the full 24 hours. That means that if you’re housing them in low-quality, uncomfortable living quarters, they’re not going to stick around for long. What’s the value of a good paycheck, if you never, ever feel completely off the clock? And when turnover is high, profits plummet—training isn’t free, inexperienced workers aren’t as productive, etc. Take the time to make sure that ‘off the clock’ feels like ‘off the clock’, or you’ll surely regret it.
Productivity suffers without comfort
Continuing on from the last problem, even if your issues aren’t driving turnover (perhaps you offer truly amazing pay), there’s plenty of reason to avoid running your employees ragged with shoddy living conditions. If employees are tired because their sleeping arrangements suck, if they’re sickly, if they’re mad all the time because the showers are no good, those various factors are going to add up to lowered productivity across the board. Happy, comfortable employees work better than those same employees surly and miserable—so make the productive choice, and pay attention to your offshore quarters’ quality.
Good quarters help recruitment
Trying to get a better tier of worker to take jobs at your facility? Good living quarters can mean a world of difference to a savvy prospect. All things equal, employees will want to take the job where they’ll get to properly enjoy and wind down in their off-hours, which means that by investing in better quarters, you can get better employees at the same level of pay and benefits. That’s a massively profitable investment in the long term—it’s hard to beat the ROI on a decision that saves you on maintenance, insurance, productivity, and wages.
Inefficient designs waste money
You’ve certainly at one point or another in your life worked with a piece of equipment that wasted your time because of shoddy craftsmanship. Multiply that across all the daily activities which interact with your offshore living quarters, and you can imagine how much time poor facilities can truly waste over time. The individual problems don’t have to be big; if they add up to even a single wasted hour each day, you’re in trouble.
Bad companies go under, leaving you in a bind
When something goes wrong and you need replacement parts or equipment for your offshore living quarters, will the business you bought from still be around? Sub-par companies don’t last for long, and when they vanish and leave you with ‘legacy’ equipment, you’re in for a lot of hassle moving forward. Far better to work with a manufacturer you can depend upon to provide you with products and services for years and years to come.