Best Practices from Outsourcing

The top three FM outsourcing companies in Canada manage almost 250M sq. ft of properties in both the public and private sector.

While their success is based on some very specific advantages that are hard to reproduce in smaller organizations, if you aren’t thinking of outsourcing, there are a number of practices you can introduce into your organization to improve your service delivery, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

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…

Leading Practices

Some recent discussions with senior facility managers at an IFMA networking event really hit home. In my latest article, which appears in the September issue of Canadian Facility Management and Design, I talk about implementing leading practices used by the largest and most successful professional FM companies. I never realized how much this would resonate…

Serving Up Quality

My recent magazine article on getting the right service level from your outsourced (or subcontracted) service provider has been published and already I’ve received positive feedback. This article came from a startling statistic from a recent IFMA research report that said getting the right service was an issue with 78% of the facility executives surveyed.…