Self Promotion for the Good of the Company

The demands of the FM job are intense, the stakes high and the credit often elusive. FM professionals go about their business solving problems and keeping their organizations running in the background. On top of that, a functional working environment is taken for granted, so their efforts to keep it that way, including the skills and complexities it requires, aren’t usually noticed or recognized as an important part of the organization, usually just as a cost centre.

Facilities represent a large part of any organization’s assets and expenses, yet don’t typically receive the attention other parts of the organization receive. Having a professional facility management resource to provide strategic direction and stewardship is critical to getting results, lowering costs and minimizing risk.

Top 10 Issues

These Top 10 issues come from an association that focuses on educational facilities, but as you can see, they can apply to anyone managing properties. They confirm that managing physical space is essentially the same regardless of whether you are managing corporate facilities or commercial properties. The list was put forward by APPA, the North…

Focus on Management

The reality of the Facility and Property Management industry is that most managers and staff have strong technical skills but less experience and training in the management and business skills they need to fully benefit from their technical knowledge, improve their careers and benefit their employers. The need to focus on non-technical aspects of Facility…

Visibility

I see a trend when talking with senior facility and property professionals about their processes and systems. The trend is a lack of visibility into crucial aspects of their costs and activities. While they may have implemented systems and processes for managing their facilities, visibility into is often lacking. Visibility (in the form of management…

A Great PM Expo Seminar!

My seminar at PM Expo attracted a diverse crowd, with lots of interest. The audience of government and private sector representatives included both corporate facilities and commercial property management professionals. Some of them are outsourced, but mostly they out-task services. While the session was billed as an Outsourcing seminar, the techiques can be applied to…

Office Productivity

It’s the most important contributor to a company’s success, yet it is not completely understood, and is almost impossible to measure.

Quite frankly, Facility Managers aren’t very good at dealing with things we can’t measure, so productivity usually takes a back seat to other measurables, such as ‘Cost per Sq.Ft.’, ‘Sq. Ft. per person’, ‘Move Cost per person’ and many others we can influence to generate cost savings for our employer.

Are you a Leader?

Are You A Leader? Leadership isn’t reserved for the CEO of your company. Whether you recognize it or not, as a facility manager, you are in a leadership role. To effectively provide facility services, you have to take on a leadership role in the many areas you touch upon daily, whether it’s a current matter…