What Facilities Managers Need to Know: Outsmarting the Past

This is the next in a series of posts highlighting the 13 trends, technologies and best practices essential for facilities managers, from the ebook What You Need to Know to Succeed in Facilities Management in 2020.

With all the changes impacting the practice of facilities management, from emerging FM technology to new regulations to environmental factors to organizational mandates, there’s more and more to learn and know.

How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Any FM looking to stay on top of his/her game will need to become adept at much more than his/her predecessor:

  • FMs Need to Get SmarterWhat type of lighting needs to go into a facility and what are its environmental impact and costs?  
  • How do self-monitoring devices tie into existing operations and report back?
  • What upcoming ‘green’ regulations and corporate mandates are coming and what will be needed to support them?
  • What’s the impact of IoT (internet of things) technology on our FM program now and going forward?
  • What types of data not currently collected can drive improved decision making?

Unfortunately, it’ll be up to facilities professionals themselves to stay abreast of these changes and get up to speed across an ever expanding array of topics.  The number of FMs that are proud of their “I don’t need a computer or a software platform” approach to run the facilities department will quickly – if not already – become a relic of the past.

Final Thoughts

Beyond the topics that will need to be addressed, there’ll be new educational approaches that will have to be mastered. Knowledge sharing among colleagues will become paramount.  E-learning will become a big part of this process.  There’ll need to be more options from online education.  From bite-sized videos on new technologies to web-enabled coursework on emerging best practices from professional organizations, it’ll be on every FM to seek out this new content and technology, share and engage with peers, and become part of a new generation of multi-disciplinary facilities experts.