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A day in the life of Kial Henry, Cleaning Operative, SBFM

12 April 2024

Facilities management is all about people, so each month, we take a look at a day in the life of a different FM professional. 

What time do you start your day?
Work starts at 10am so I get up at 7am, have a bath, eat breakfast, and get ready for the day. I’ve made a shift to getting public transport to work rather than driving. The bus only comes once and hour though, so I have to make sure I’m organised! If I miss the bus, it has a huge knock-on effect. If I am late though, I just make up my time. I have a really flexible workplace. On Friday I forgot to do something so I just completed it Saturday instead and it wasn’t a problem. 

What does a typical day look like for you?
I work at Pure Gym at the Thorpe Park business park in Leeds. I have a detailed cleaning regime that I work to and follow set procedures. I clean from the front entrance to everywhere else in the building so the scope is broad. 

When I’m cleaning the gym, sometimes people will ask me for advice thinking I’m a PT. That makes me smile! I was previously a painter and decorator where I worked on my own so working around others has taken a bit of getting used to. Pure Gym is a lot more sociable though and I’m grateful for the position I’m in. I’m really into fitness myself so I like the idea of progressing to become a PT one day – this is possible on the Evolve programme I am on, so that’s really motivating.

What do you have for lunch?
I finish work just after lunch, so I make sure I have a good bowl of porridge with whole milk and peanut butter for breakfast to boost my protein intake and see me through. Sometimes I’ll have a piece of fruit at work but usually I’ll wait until I’m home and I’ve done my workout. Then I’ll have a few meals over the course of the rest of the day – I like to eat every two hours. I’m quite particular about food though. I cook steak or stir fry, rice and salmon or tuna pasta, or I’ll have a prepared ready meal. I really see food as fuel rather than just whatever I fancy to eat. That’s why I start with carbs and protein every morning. I always make sure I get my two litres of water a day in too, it really helps with energy. 

How do you organise your work on a daily basis?
I enjoy getting the things I like least out of the way first. Most of the time I go straight to the men’s changing rooms, showers, and toilets. They generally need a bit more work than the ladies’ facilities. I’m not keen on cleaning the ladies toilets as I hate to feel like I’m intruding on women’s privacy. I usually do toilets first, then change all the bins, then I’ll mop the floors. I leave hoovering until last. 

I do shift work and if the other cleaner has mopped the floors, I’ll focus on smaller details like finger marks on doors. 

What does your typical evening routine look like?
I finish at 12:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 1:30pm on Friday. I leave work, catch the bus home, do my workout and then I’ll make something to eat and run a bath. Once I’ve done that I’ll just chill out. I don’t watch much TV. I like listening to music instead and relaxing.

Sometimes I go for a walk to the nature reserve close by. I like my routine. Generally, I have quite a quiet life outside of work.

Are you happy with your work-life balance?
I love this question. For me, home life and work life are a perfect blend. I don’t see cleaning as cleaning, I see it as housework. It’s all the same stuff I do at home. I love gym training so cleaning in a gym is the perfect match for me! Work is very satisfying.  

What do you do to relax?
I used to deal with stress through Thai boxing, but I think this kept me in a conflict mindset and I’d just run myself down. I’m not stressed now like I used to be. A lot of my stresses were related to my upbringing, and I was still dwelling on them. I have a new outlook on life now and I’m in a much more self-improvement mindset. I’ll train any niggles away in the gym. I’ll also speak to my mum if something is getting to me. 

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