The program focused on shining examples, offering the design community a different way of looking at the delivery of an employee-centric workspace.
FacilitySource started out as a software company in 2005, but after Warburg Pincus bought it, the company began managing service providers for landlords, particularly in the retail sector.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), global labor productivity per employee has failed to markedly rise since the global downturn, despite the media storm that often hails the workplace experience as being the missing piece of the “productivity puzzle.”
The facilities management profession (or discipline, whatever) has spent the entirety of its thirty-or-so year existence immersed in a permanent existential crisis.
This year’s report utlines that FY17 was a time of global change, the continued elevation of FM and strategic realignment for IFMA.
Kylie Roth, Knoll Senior Director of Workplace Research, presents the company's latest planning approach, Immersive Planning.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the facilities management industry, according to the results of a new survey published by The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling survey, developed in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, aims to establish a benchmark of the current perceptions of the impact of BIM on the FM sector and the benefits and challenges it presents.
If you’ve ever wearied of the endless debate about a precise definition of facilities management, and thought the squabbling often seemed like the conflict over the right end to open an egg that led to war in Gulliver’s Travels, then salvation might be here with the news that the British Institute of Facilities Management has formally adopted the definition of facilities management set out in new ISO standards published earlier this year.
Companies should aim to create a sense of ‘brand loyalty’ among their employees in the same way that consumer businesses do with their customers, according the findings of a new study by international support services and construction group, Interserve.
Every building has to meet several basic requirements such as security, fire-life-safety, ventilation, lighting, health and comfort. The systems required to provide these building control services are collectively known as building automation systems (BAS). The biggest challenge facing the BAS industry is the myriad of protocols that exist within the industry. The result is a world in which systems that perform similar functions cannot communicate with each other.
A new white paper from ’boutique’ facilities management firm Anabas. It claims that the proliferation of diverse office environments and agile working means that facilities managers must develop a greater insight into the behavior of people to help them deliver. The report, What Type of Office Worker Are you?, claims that it ‘helps to rediscover what it means to be human in the workplace and takes us back to the beginning by focusing on understanding individual behaviors, work styles and how they influence interaction within the workplace itself.
Over the next few years, new technologies, management techniques, customer requirements and value-chain approaches will have an enormous impact on the Facility Management industry.
To enhance the competitiveness of their respective businesses, facility and service managers will be required to go beyond maintenance of the physical infrastructure and increasingly focus on innovating and differentiating the workspace and workplace environment.
The availability of quiet spaces is important to 70 per cent of workers based in flexible workspaces and 77 per cent of those asked cited good quality wireless technology as essential, according to a survey Workthere and Savills.
Good environmental performance of an office is considered important by 40 per cent of workers but only one fifth are happy with how their current workspace is doing. Workthere, a venture created by Savills, conducted a survey of 200 workers based in flexible workspaces (i.e. serviced office or co-working space) throughout the UK.
There is an ongoing feeling within the facilities management discipline that when it comes to office design, facilities managers are not consulted early enough or well enough or consistently enough to ensure that the end result is a workplace that is as functional and as effective as it could be.
Ahead of the publication of the full report later this month, RICS in collaboration with IFMA has published an executive summary of the RICS’ ‘Raising the Bar’ research series. The new report, written by Occupiers Journal, makes a case for how facilities management makes contributes to business success and organisational effectiveness. The report reviews the current state of the FM sector. ‘Raising the Bar: From Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact in FM‘ identifies the key issues facing the industry and puts ways forward for how FM can build recognition and understanding within the boardroom, among other business leaders, and with related infrastructure groups.
A recent survey of corporate real estate executives at large corporations conducted by CoreNet Global and CBRE Group, Inc. found that when a company focuses on employee health and wellness, workers report increases in engagement, retention rates increase, and absenteeism declines. The survey saw responses from 211 senior level executives in the corporate real estate profession: 66% were corporate real estate end-users (occupiers), 25% were in technology firms, and 23% were in financial services firms. Eighty-nine percent of the firms represented in the survey reported that they are focused on health and wellness initiatives.
The term “open office” is a lightning rod for those in the corporate world. With articles, blog posts, and other commentary coming out seemingly every week (many of them negative), there is no shortage of opinion about this office design. As a facility executive, it is a topic that can’t be ignored; as the open plan becomes more mainstream, it’s likely that someone from your organization knows someone who has had a negative experience in this type of work environment. Due to the pervasiveness of this design, employees may just assume their office will be next. Regardless of actual plans for future workplace endeavors, it’s helpful to have a solid grasp on the concept. So what do facilities professionals need to know?
Facility managers are often brought into the planning and design phases of a construction project far too late, if at all. Yet, these are the people responsible for integrating the maintenance of the facility itself with the processes and people within it. They understand how the space will need to function, the rigors of routine maintenance, who will use the space, how it will be used, and the implications of design decisions.
Facility managers must be viewed as key decision makers at the outset of a construction project. What can support this need? Technology that helps communicate design plans to stakeholders, with the hard numbers and data necessary to achieve buy-in at the top level.
The IFMA Foundation Workplace Summit of summer 2014 felt like an optimistic time for facilities management and the workspace industry. Heavyweights from the sector were asking searching questions about our organisational contribution, with thankfully less of the internally focused, debate-free hubris typical of much of the industry narrative. The newly announced (and now evidently historical) collaboration between BIFM and CIPD was in full swing, endorsed by social media savvy Twitterati under The Workplace Conversation banner. Finally, I thought, we seemed to be talking less about space as a commodity and more about people. Melissa Marsh of Plastarc captured it at the Summit as she evidenced co-working principles: less “managing facilities” and more “enabling communities”. It felt like some were finally starting to realise the fundamental qualitative difference between workspace and workplace: the role of culture.