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10 factors offshore accommodations must address for efficiency and morale

Published By: Gulfland Structures on November 7th, 2016

10 factors offshore accommodations must address for efficiency and morale

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.

5) Weatherproofed.

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.

10) Safety.

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.

Parting thoughts

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.

7 Things to Consider When Buying Offshore Oil Rig Living Quarters

Published By: Gulfland Structures on March 15th, 2016

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:

The large offshore oil rig at night in gulf of thailand

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.

2) Scalability

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.

7) References

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.

Final thoughts

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.