Jocelyn Kerr 2018-01-25 03:57:02
Now that the new year is upon us (too quickly, perhaps), some 41 percent of us find ourselves yet again embarking on some form of New Year’s Day resolution. Statistic Brain Research Institute, a U.S.-based survey and data analysis firm, found that while those 41 percent of us are toiling our way through January on health or life improvement goals, another 59 percent of Americans either never or infrequently bother making any resolutions. The fact only nine percent of people surveyed feel they are successful in their resolutions each year may explain why so many have given up. Or maybe it’s the abysmal rate of follow through — a full 27 percent of respondents said they couldn’t maintain their resolution through the first week of the year. Yikes. Whichever camp you find yourself in, a new year does bring an opportunity to evaluate what’s working and what could use some improvement. If you read our On Standards series on implementing an MSS in 2017, you know it takes a clearly defined plan and a series of milestones to implement any improvements — and to make them stick. IFMA, as an organization, is going through a sort of resolution process itself. Last August we embarked on an Appreciative Inquiry process to set a vision for the next ten years. Many of you participated in surveys and shared your stories at World Workplace in Houston — see our World Workplace roundup on Page 21 for details on that project and the great service project IFMA members participated in as part of Hurricane Harvey cleanup. They say the past is prologue, so as we look back at World Workplace and how to move forward as an organization, in this issue we also look at the history of building design and the ways classical architectural principles can be used to create modern built spaces. “Three Branches of Design,” on Page 30, provides an overview of what makes an aesthetically pleasing — and functional — facility. “Form Meets Function” is our theme this time around, and it’s fitting that we’re arriving at the start of a new year as we examine the connection between the frequently utilitarian tasks of O&M and the need for an overarching aesthetic to attract and retain occupants and personnel. How can our spaces evolve? What can we do to create more efficient, welcoming spaces that serve our triple-bottom-line? Whether you made a resolution this year, or not, may all your goals be SMART in 2018, and may all your facilities be efficient, aesthetically enjoyable and filled with productive people. As always, reach out to me with any ideas, and please share any member, chapter or component news briefs! Happy New Year. Interested in writing for FMJ? Email email@example.com article ideas to be considered for future issues of FMJ.
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