“Facilitopia” – A Brighter Vision for the Facility Industry.


IFMA’s 2nd Annual Facility Professionals Convention in Boise U.S.A.

Publicado por FAMASE el 31/07/2014 (ENG)

JULY 24, 2014 BY  :In speaking at the IBOA/Northern Rockies Chapter of IFMA’s 2nd Annual Facility Professionals Convention in Boise, Idaho this June, I shared my vision for the facility industry – I called it “Facilitopia”.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for facilities to be the new glamour career.  The only fame we might get is “infamous” (that’s “more than famous” for you Gen-Xers…); however, I would like to see our industry and the professionals that work in it gain the recognition they deserve.

I idealized three key areas for Facilitopia – Value Recognized, Increased Wages, and Executive Facility Position.

Value Recognized

Facility folks quite often are seen (and funded) as “glorified janitors” – we change light bulbs, we plunge toilets, etc.  I can understand the misperception (In my humble opinion, this is primarily self-induced, but more about that later.)  However, I get real heartburn over the lack of value that management, occupants, and customers assign to facility professionals – again somewhat self-induced.  Allow me to give an example.

When something turns up missing (or more likely misplaced), who is the first to get blamed for it?  Yep, the custodians.  These are the same people that come in early in the morning or late at night and on weekends to clean up the messes that many would not touch with a 10-foot pole.  In general, these are hard-working custodians that are willing to do jobs that most would not fathom.  Let us not forget the significance of their function in maintaining a safe, clean, aesthetically pleasing environment – that has a direct impact on employee productivity, client satisfaction & perception, and ultimately, a positive return to the bottom line (See “Facilities Department Not a Profit Center – But Can It Be?”).  They have value..../...

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