Jocelyn Kerr 2017-09-14 14:21:48
Change is something we’re all familiar with. Whether it’s workplace change or a personal change, the thrill of a new adventure is often tempered with the anxiety of the unknown. As we enter the fall and a new fiscal year, you may have noticed some changes around IFMA and FMJ (like a new editor, for example!). IFMA just launched a new membership platform called Engage where members can share ideas and recommendations — see our Inside IFMA feature on Page 66 for details on this new way to connect. We also introduce you to the IFMA Board of Directors on Page 34. The faces may be familiar, but there’s a renewed focus on increasing awareness of FM as a growing industry and a career of choice. Just like people—and magazines — industries also go through change. Around the world, companies are changing the way they work as millions of Millennial and Generation Z workers are entering the workforce. With this shift in workplace priorities comes a desire for new approaches to FM, such as incorporating biophilic design and increasing integration with big data and IoT. The profession at the intersection of all these changes is facility management. In putting together this issue of FMJ – People, Process, Place – I’ve been struck by how many FMs say they stumbled into their FM careers by chance. Despite the fact the FM industry touches so many aspects of our lives — everything from where we work and go to school to our hospitals and event venues — many people say they simply “lucked” into the field. Consider me one of the lucky individuals who finds herself in the FM space through a series of fortunate events. After years of writing for conference and event-planning magazines and editing community newspapers, I now find myself learning about the vast and ever-changing world of facility management. It has been quite a change. Space — and how we interact with it —has long been of interest to me. My favorite subjects to write about were venue technology trends and sustainable architecture. Joining the IFMA team and putting together this issue has been a welcome lesson in how facilities are changing and adapting to our needs as a society. This is also the issue where we celebrate World Workplace. I hope to meet many of you at our flagship event, hosted in our hometown of Houston, this year. And if you’ve received this issue in your attendee bag, and this is your first time reading FMJ, I hope you’ll consider subscribing or contributing your knowledge to our pages. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about changes taking place in the industry. What matters to you in the FM space? Feel free to connect at Jocelyn.Kerr@ifma.org, or find me at Engage!
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