Key FM supports Data Lab MSc placement project 

Meet Tatt Mahapatra the most recent addition to the Key FM family. Tatt is currently pursuing an MSc Data Science for Business at the University of Stirling and joins Key FM as our Data Science Intern over the summer. 

Tatt Mahapatra

Key FM Data Science Intern, Tatt Mahapatra

Tatt is working with us to complete his MSc Consultancy Project funded through the Data Lab MSc placement project.  The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative programme between The Data Lab and eleven Scottish universities. It facilitates industry involvement and collaboration and Tatt’s appointment is an excellent example of our commitment to supporting academia in order to constantly improve our industry and ensure that graduate skill sets meet the evolving needs of our clients and the FM landscape.   

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Working closely with our CTO, he will help us develop an FM domain framework and a Software as a Service (SaaS) module that can be accessed by our software and edited by non-developers. Tatt will also work with Key FM’s CEO, Stan Mitchell, who created the UK’s first FM KPIs and evergreen supply chain contracts. Together they will compile a training manual for Key FM’s valuable human resources and will look at issues around GDPR compliance in the FM domain. In order to upskill Tatt still further he attended a series of workshops on Fast Track to Machine Learning at Code Node London, supported by Key FM. 

Tatt has a background in Care Management, Child and Adult Protection, Mental Health Social Work, Social Justice and Human Rights and previously worked in the NHS Highland and Local Authority Children and Adult’s Services across Scotland.  At first glance this may appear to be a world away from Facilities Management but Tatt views FM as “making the workplace work” and strongly advocates FM to be one of the key drivers of business performance. Tatt sees FM as a people-orientated domain and his interests and experience closely align with the core value of Key FM – integrating people, process and place. 

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London FM Excel 2019 – what did you miss?

Gordon Mitchell Key FM CIO spent a valuable two days chatting with industry peers and forward-thinking suppliers at this years’ FM show in London. If you were not able to attend here is the Key FM round up of the highlights. 

Smart Buildings Expo 

The Smart Buildings Expo was an inspired idea to bring multiple suppliers together in one space to experience the benefits of their technology in a physical office environment. The 196m2 interactive smart office built on the show floor also benefited from a 1-2-1 impartial consultation service and the Workplace Technology Theatre which boasted a rich line up of seminars. This included Gordon’s session on Blending Standards and Industrial Revolution 4.0 where he spoke on behalf of the ISO TC 267 Facility Management Advisory Group 1 in his role as chair of the Facilities Management Technology Task Group (FMTTG). Take a tour of the space here: 

IWFM Meeting of minds

The IWFM is our leading professional body with a community of over 17,000 workplace and facilities management professionals. Through sharing best practice and knowledge with the profession and supporting professional development through internationally recognised qualifications and training, they ensure professional standards underpin the quality of services offered by facilities management professionals. 

Key FM has a long-standing close relationship with the IWFM from its origins as BIFM to our pivotal role in shaping ISO standards for the FM industry. 

Gordon met with Senior Strategic Development Manager, Neil Everitt to discuss the IWFM vision for Professional Development and how it is shaping our industry. 

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Gordon Mitchell and Professional Development with IWFM

Wellbeing Theatre 

Key FM has long been an advocate of wrapping workforce wellbeing into the solutions we suggest to our clients. As such we found the chance to hear from other champions of this cause in the Workplace Wellbeing Theatre, through the Wellness Wall by IWFM and sample options from the healthy eating café a great addition to the show this year. Subjects covered in seminars were varied including ‘Mental Health and the Law’, ‘The Wellbeing Professional of the Future’, ‘Tackling Fatigue in Your Organisation’ and ‘Nutrition as Part of a Health and Wellbeing Offer.’ 

See you in 2020? 

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Key FM embraces the benefits of bringing pets to work

Key FM is a family business and us such we feel it is only fitting that the canine friends at the heart of so many homes are also given the place they deserve within the Key FM family. 

But this policy isn’t just about our aim to ensure our head office feels like a home from home, it is much more than that. The last decade has seen many shifts in the way we work, particularly within the built environments we operate for our clients. Hot-desking, agile working and co-working are common working patterns in modern offices. We have observed a tide of development ithe wellness space recently whether it be at the EFMC in Dublinthe FM ME Awards in Dubai and the London FM Showwellbeing for employees is now firmly embedded in the FM agenda. From yoga studios, biophilia and art therapy to offering healthy snacks and drinks, showers and physical and mental health support options to improve the lives of your workforce aboundWinning the war for talent is a primary objective for most organisations and we have seen this clearly translate into increasingly imaginative ways to improve a typical working day for staff and ultimately retain the best talent. 

Allowing staff to take their dogs to work is another manifestation of this. Google has long been known as a dog friendly employer and some of the biggest pet food companies are now running successful campaigns to support businesses that would like to embark on the same journey. 

In short, at Key FM, our teams having their trusty companions at their side as part of their everyday routine goes to the heart of how we are best placed to champion wellness in your workplace. Looking beyond our smart building technology to ensure our solutions truly serve the needs of the people at the core of your business. 


Key FM Programme Manager, Celeste, with Skye

Programme Manager, Celeste, says : “For me having Skye in the office helps me keep relaxed. He gives me a reason to take a break and take him out or get him a biscuit and he never fails to make me laugh at multiple points in the day.” 
Check out the benefits that your workplace could enjoy through encouraging your team to bring their dogs to work.
Pets relieve stress

Having pets in the office reduces stress and makes employees feel more relaxed. Repeated studies have showthat individuals who bring their dogs to work have decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who did not bring any pets to work. 

Pets promote positive social interactions

A pet-friendly workplace tends to increase employee satisfaction, improve morale, and promote an atmosphere of teamwork and communication.

Pets at work save employees money

Allowing employees to bring their pets to work helps their wallets, which could be a great financial perk when you consider the cost of doggie day care or dog walking services for employees who work long hours or commute every day.

Pets improve your company image

Allowing pets in the office can boost a customer’s perception of the business. Most customers have a positive response when they are offered a chance to interact with an employee’s pet, and it can help them to relax and enjoy their visit to the business. 

Pets increase employee performance

Employees of pet-friendly businesses tend to work longer hours and have fewer absences. They don’t have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out or staying home to watch a pet that may be feeling under the weather. 

Pets attract top talent 

Employee turnover is costly, and companies are always scanning the horizon for perks and benefits that will draw loyal employees. Just as female job candidates will at times choose the workplace with the most generous maternity leave and child-care policies, a pet-friendly policy will work for similar reasons for that much-desired prospective employee

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