William M. O’Neill 2018-01-25 03:54:57
From the Chair There is always a changing need or a new requirement waiting around the corner for facility management professionals. This is one field where it pays to constantly be aware and informed of the changing FM environment. And, of course, FMs must always be aware of how to continue to be customer focused. This requires a heightened awareness to stay curious and seek solutions that meet your company’s needs. The built environment is rapidly changing, as we all know, and the way to stay current and provide value to your customers is to make sure you know of latest trends and seek to educate yourself on how they apply in your work environment. Reading widely in the field is one way to stay on top of these changes, and in this issue of the FMJ there are many articles that can further your knowledge on topics, including how the built environment can be used as a recruitment and retention tool, the latest research on how millennials really feel about workplace design, lighting solutions and outdoor amenities that save money and increase efficiencies, and understanding how water and energy management intersect. These areas are fundamentally necessary to understand and be educated in to be a successful as an FM professional. This leads me to two challenges that I have for you this year: 1) Continue your professional development. Make sure that during 2018, you read articles in FMJ, attend a lecture, and participate in dialogue with your colleagues around at least one of IFMA’s CFM 11 core competencies*. Be purposeful in learning the latest that IFMA has to offer in these areas. 2) Take the initiative to start on an educational journey in one of the 11 competencies and become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in that area. Learn all you can, and bring that knowledge to your company and team. Many career professionals, even after some time in the field, believe that the answers are somewhere “out there.” I have been guilty of this way of thinking, and it has been important and satisfying for me to change my approach to learning. I would say, with a great deal of certainty, that I (and you) have every capability to be an expert and to create innovative thinking and participation within IFMA and your workplace. It only takes some discipline and focus to get started. You can do it, and together, we can continue to be thought leaders in FM in the coming year. Wishing you and yours a happy New Year’s! * The 11 core competencies were defined in IFMA’s 2009 Global Job Tasks Analysis (GJTA). Facility managers in 62 countries were surveyed to uncover the core skills required in the field, making this the first comprehensive, global FM survey in the marketplace. The core competencies are: — Communication — Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity — Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability — Finance and Business — Human Factors — Leadership and Strategy — Operations and Maintenance — Project Management — Quality — Real Estate and Property Management — Technology For more information: https://www.ifma.org/about/what-is-facility-management
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