New workplace study critical of focus on occupation density
A new report says improved workplaces could improve business productivity by as much as 3.5% and deliver a £70m boost to UK productivity. The report, entitled 'The Workplace Advantage', was issued by the Stoddart Review, a not-for-profit initiative bringing together business leaders and workplace professionals to look at workplace strategies.
The Board of the Building Futures Group has announced that the company has ceased trading.
A statement on the organisation’s website, entitled “The Building Futures Group announces business closure after two successful years”, gives no reason for the closure.
The Building Futures Group was set up following the merger of the Facilities Management Association and the former sector skills council Asset Skills and the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA) in 2013.
Facilities Managers have a number of professional institutions to choose from. The three main bodies are:
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIoB)
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)
Total membership numbers
Here is how they compare by total membership:
How many are facilities managers?
However, when you look how many members identify themselves as facilities managers, the picture changes dramatically:
How the organisations define f.m.
This is how the three institutions view facilities management:
It's the responsibility of facilities managers to make sure that a building and its services fulfil the needs of the organisation using it. Once construction is completed, facilities managers are employed to take care of all the different issues required to make a building work. This allows people using the property to continue living and working in it.
Their work involves:
■planning how the inside of a building should be organised
■taking charge of renovations and office moves
■maintaining buildings and ensuring everything is in good working order
■ensuring all IT systems function effectively (eg phones, computers, faxes, photocopiers)
■managing a building's security
■organising the cleaning and general upkeep of a building
■negotiating the best possible deals for all of the above.
FM Competency Guidance:
Analysis of client requirements
Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures
Construction technology and environmental services
Corporate real estate management
Design and specification
Health and safety
Landlord and tenant (including rent reviews and lease renewals)
A survey has revealed more than a third of facilities management professionals are unfamiliar with building information modeling, or BIM.
BIM is the process of generating and managing computer data about the design and functioning of a building during its entire life cycle. The government-backed BIM4FM group carried out the survey to find out whether fms are aware of BIM.
The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) is hosting a free one-day conference on Gas Safety on July 11th in Derby. IGEM is running the conference as part of its campaign to prevent deaths, injuries and suffering caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
The target audience includes all landlords, educational establishments, emergency responders, contractors, and operatives.
Many people who look after buildings and services for charities may not even know that what they are doing is "facilities management"!
Facilities management (f.m.) is a relatively new term. It is encompasses many different functions relating to property, and services for the users of buildings.
A short definition could be:
The aim of facilities management is to co-ordinate buildings and services to create the optimum working environment for staff and visitors.
Different types of f.m.
Facilities management is sometimes divided into two separate categories: "Hard FM" and "Soft FM":
Hard services includes such things as the maintenance of the building fabric, mechanical and electrical services and telecoms.
Soft f.m. is often used to describe the issues relating to the day-to-day running of services that help staff carry out their function, such as security, cleaning, catering, mail services, etc.
Key Areas of Responsibility and Skills:
The exact areas of responsibility taken on by a facilities manager may vary. Facilities managers may be responsible for all, or some of these functions within a charity:
Property Acquisition, Leasing and Disposal
Space Planning, Allocation, and Management
Architectural/Engineering Planning and Design
Engineering design of major systems
Construction Project Management
Compliance with regulations
Mechanical and electrical services
Maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds and building services
Pest and rodent control
Catering & Food services
Mail, messenger and print management
Telecommunications, Data communications, Wire, and Network Management
Transportation - travel management, fleet management, and vehicle maintenance
Health and Safety
Procurement for all of the above
Not everyone who carries out the f.m. role within a charity may have 'facilities manager' in their job title. However the function of facilties management plays a vital role in helping charities deliver their mission.