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Seven hot trends in Facilities Management

Seven hot trends in Facilities Management

There are some important trends evident in the area of Facilities Management (FM). These are the factors that need to be considered when planning for innovation in FM.
1. Sustainability:

continues to grow in importance and prominence worldwide. Organizations have begun to incorporate it into business goals and culture, and within the profession, it has moved from an emphasis primarily for new construction to influencing existing building operations.

2. Flexibility:

with four very different generations comprising our workforce – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials – FM companies must re-think how they do business and how to create an environment that is inspiring to everyone. The answer lies in flexibility. Whether a flexible work schedule or flexible workspace is desired, today’s FM company is charged with coming up with new strategies to attract and retain high value talent.

3. Complex building systems and controls:

increasingly offer opportunities and challenges for the profession. The industry can leverage new technologies to better manage facilities, but it also needs to ensure adequate training is in place to educate practitioners on new systems.

4. Emergency preparedness and business continuity:

facility managers play a critical role in business continuity after a disrupting event, not only by crafting and implementing the prepared response plan, but also by serving as role models for the other stakeholders in emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.

5. Changing work styles:

significantly affect both occupant behavior and the vacancy rate of buildings, which affects how buildings must operate. Facility management increasingly faces challenges posed by aspects such as work plan arrangements or varying occupancy rates and densities — which impact power use and other considerations.

6. Mobility:

in seeking to integrate new solutions into their facility’s workflow, FMs have the added element of mobility to consider. With so many employees working in the field or on the road, today’s FM must take mobility into account with every decision. Web-based software must, at the very least, be implemented. But as employees increasingly require access to relevant resources when away from the web, mobile apps are an important tool to consider as well.

7. Doing more with less:

many business models incorporate this slogan but with today’s technology, more and more companies are finding ways to make this a reality. Through investment in the proper tools, FM companies are able to provide their employees with wider mobility, allowing them to telecommute. This generates a rise in productivity and a decrease in overall spending, as well as increased employee loyalty.