Facilities Management White Paper 2017 – FM: Challenging Conventions


FM: Challenging Conventions

‘Work’, ‘workplace’, even ‘facilities management’ – most of us automatically think in terms of offices when we hear those words. And that’s not surprising: so much of the shared experience, discussion, research and published knowledge in our sector is drawn from this type of environment.

But FM is far more diverse. Facilities management is just as crucial a function in museums, leisure sites, retail centres, healthcare, manufacturing, military installations, prisons – the list is virtually endless.

And in each unique environment there are valuable insights to be gained and important lessons to learn that bridge the specialisations and inform the wider practice of FM. The common themes in all these environments – in all of FM – include operational efficiency and effectiveness, customer knowledge and service quality, corporate responsibility and sustainability, market positioning and brand development.

Workplace Futures 2017 challenged the prevailing ‘think office’ convention to explore the state of the discipline from a range of less common perspectives.

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Facilities Management: Agent of Change

The world we live and work in today is drastically different to the one we knew 20, 10 or even 5 years ago – and the speed of change is increasing all the time. 

Nowhere is this truer than in the workplace.  Complex factors and emerging trends – from the social to the technological – are reshaping the way we work and the environments in which we work.

Facilities management can take the lead here, ensuring all this change produces positive outcomes for both people and organisations. But is FM ready for that? How well do we understand and manage change now? What will be the defining issues of the 21st century workplace? What does FM need to do to become a true agent of change?

By bringing together a panel of carefully selected expert speakers and an audience of FM leaders, Workplace Futures 2016 made a significant contribution to answering questions such as these – the same questions that are shaping the future of both the industry and the profession.

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Facilities Management: Convergence in the Workplace

Convergence is a key issue for facilities management. As organisations, work and the workplace change at ever-increasing rates, FM must more and more work in concert with the other key support disciplines: CRE, HR, IT, finance, procurement – even marketing. What does this mean for the future of FM?

The big areas of potential convergence are property, place and people. Traditionally, there have been some serious gaps, conflicts and overlaps between disciplines – so, how are we doing in breaking down the silos? Are we communicating effectively? Is collaboration delivering? Where and how are these diverse professions working together efficiently and effectively for the benefit of the organisation?

And critically – how far will convergence go, and what do we need to do to ensure we get the best possible results?

Workplace Futures 2015 tackled the big issues here, bringing together a panel of carefully selected expert speakers and facilitating discussion to produce interesting, timely and practical information and insights. Learn more in our post-conference White Paper.


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Watch a short summary of i-FM's Workplace Futures conference
which took place at The Crystal, London in February 2015.

 


Facilities Management: Making Innovation Work

Innovation is a big topic in FM. Clients asks for it, and providers promise it – often in a seemingly unending cycle. But what is innovation? How do you identify it, how do you measure it, how do you assess the benefits?

This key concept in facilities management – increasingly central in recent years as both clients and providers have felt the pressure to sharpen their performance – remains elusive. Innovation is easy to talk about but much harder to deliver. Yet when truly innovative ideas emerge and are put into practice, the benefits are clear – whether they are measured in terms of lower costs, greater efficiency, improved employee well-being, reduced impact on the environment, or in some other value-adding way.


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Facilities Management: Securing the future for FM

We need to move on. That was the starting point for Workplace Futures 2013 - we need to take FM theory and practice to the next level. We need to stop thinking about service delivery in the old ‘tried & tested’ ways and start thinking in terms of true alignment with business objectives and real customer experience.

The programme brought together some of the trail-blazers working on the key issues to offer insights, experience and guidance - all captured in this White Paper.


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Facilities Management: New needs. New solutions?

Under the theme 'new needs; new solutions?', the 2012 Workplace Futures conference was shaped around some of the central challenges facing UK FM as it begins to reach some maturity. 

A carefully selected expert panel of speakers shared their own experiences, views and insights on a range of topics around this theme in February. This White Paper captures that invaluable material.

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Facilities Management: realising the value of the investment

Facilities management is a critical business discipline. It’s also a big, dynamic and often confusing marketplace. How do service managers and service buyers develop an understanding of what they need and then make sense of what’s on offer? How do service providers explain what they can do in ways that managers and buyers can relate to comfortably?

Inspired by the expert contributors to the Workplace Futures conference 2011 – and the invaluable discussions that followed – we have produced a unique industry White Paper, tackling just these issues.


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