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Tue 26 Feb 2008 12:45 PM

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Greater staff consideration required during fit-outs

Employee's should be relocated when company's undertake a fit-out.

Companies allowing fit-outs to be undertaken while their staff are working in the same area, are disrespectful according to Summertown Interiors.

"Companies that allow this to happen, show a lack of respect for the people who are working for them.

"It also tells the marketplace and potential employees something about the company, if it doesn't take proper measures to ensure staff safety and a productive working environment," stressed Marcus Bish, general manager of Summertown Interiors, in a recent interview with facilities management Middle East.

In a region where companies are experiencing rapid growth, conducting a fit-out while employees are working could increase employee sickness and have a detrimental effect on staff retention.

"It may be cheaper to let the fit-out contractor work around your staff, but the question is, should you do that? From a health point of view, do you really want your employees to fall ill and sit in the dust while all the particles are flying around?" Bish added.

A turnkey solution could see anything from stripping walls down and considerable MEP work like moving air conditioning vents, to space planning and choosing the right furniture.

Bish explained that companies should either relocate their staff to another floor if possible, or move them to a temporary office until the fit-out has been finished.

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