Sustainability Takes Courage

Courage seems to be the biggest hurdle to sustainability. That’s the conclusuion I got from an IFMA supper seminar on Sustainability by Bill Gregory, Director of Sustainable Initiatives from Milliken & Company. He presented a number of case studies. At first, they seemed impressive, with a number of initiatives and features that promoted sustainability, environmentally…

Communicating Environment and Energy Conservation

Energy conservation and environmental responsibility are important topics to building owners and managers, yet the challenge of getting occupants to buy-in to your initiatives and actually change their behaviours remains difficult.

Increasingly, individuals are seeing the messages in the media and making changes at home, yet they often have a difficult time linking it with things they can do at work.

The Stay Back Team – Making Outsourcing Work

Successful outsourcing doesn’t just mean selecting the right service provider; you also need an effective Stay Back Team (SBT) in place. The SBT is the cornerstone of any outsourcing initiative and is an important link between your corporation’s business and the service provider, not only from the onset of the RFP process and ensuing re-organization when the contract is awarded, but also for ongoing management of the services.

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.