The outsourcing debate: do they mean us?
Tuesday 27th March 2018

Outsourcing has always been a touchy subject. It’s a good, sound business practice, widely used and time-proven; but it can also be an easy target for criticism, a magnet for hot-button claims around jobs, costs, quality, accountability and more.

Technology and people: An uneasy relationship
Thursday 15th March 2018

Videos of dogs doing tricks are always cute. But what if those dogs are actually quadrupedal robots that can open doors?

Conflicts of interest
Thursday 15th February 2018

Last week, i-FM reported that support services firms on the FTSE index announced more profit warnings than any other FTSE-listed companies in 2017. But why is this so?

Disturbing times
Thursday 8th February 2018

I’m not talking about Carillion going into liquidation or the recent news that Capita saw its share price plummet due to a profit warning, adding to market uncertainty and another knee-jerk reaction to the idea of outsourcing.

Crisis response
Monday 22nd January 2018

In over 20 years of being a part of the FM industry I don’t think I have ever seen so much change taking place in one period of time, and with such potentially fundamental implications.

Making the case for adding value through FM
Tuesday 9th January 2018

Welcome to 2018, the year that is likely to see profitability at facilities management companies coming under more pressure than perhaps ever before.

The good news or the bad news
Thursday 21st December 2017

Negativity sells. We live in a moment when this observable truth feels more acute than ever.

Enduring narratives
Wednesday 13th December 2017

While it seems almost unfathomable now, more than 2,000 years ago the Greek philosopher Plato was warning his peers of the dangers the written word posed to intellectual society.

We need to talk about jobs
Thursday 23rd November 2017

Crisis may be too strong a word. Challenge might be a better description for the array of workforce issues that seem to be looming up on the horizon for facilities management.

The fight for professional emancipation
Monday 6th November 2017

By far the most memorable session of this year’s Workplace Trends conference was a simulated court scene in which the issue of flexible working was put on trial.

Brand values: what do you stand for?
Tuesday 17th October 2017

Brand is a simple word for a simple concept with which we are all familiar. Everything for sale is branded but the concept extends far beyond that, even to 'personal brands'. Labelling stuff has its advantages in a busy world.

Value for a new age
Wednesday 27th September 2017

Not since the end of the Cold War has the future seemed so uncertain. Faith in age-old institutions is dwindling and the global hegemony feels a little less stable.

Breaking free from the echo chamber
Wednesday 23rd August 2017

The ultimate aspiration for any FM function is to align itself with an organisation's core business. This is a sound bite facilities management professionals hear often.



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