In June each year facilities management professionals, teams, companies and representative bodies across the world get together and highlight the important role of FM.
This year World FM Day spans the whole week and we are sharing three fast facts about FM:
Fast fact 1 – What is FM?
So what do FM companies do? In short, we help keep your site running smoothly so you can focus on running your business.
According to the International Facility Management Association, facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.
At your site FM might include management of security, cleaning, fire safety, maintenance, testing and inspections, essential services, health and safety, space allocations and changes, and operations.
Fast fact 2 – The growth of FM
From schools to large office towers, from sporting facilities to industrial parks, the FM profession touches nearly everyone, everywhere in some way.
Employing over 200,000 people in the commercial and residential markets, the industry contributes over $20 billion annually to the Australian economy, and plays a vital role in the realisation of strategic and operational objectives of business, government and the wider community.
Fast fact 3 – Future of FM
As the Facilities Management industry continues to grow, FM professionals will continue to address emerging new trends to build resilience in businesses.
This can be achieved at your site in a number of ways.
- Risk management – FM is key to building resilience – both in prevention and in the continuity plans to keep operations running or getting them back up swiftly
- Sustainability – Sustainability in FM is about making smart decisions about how to manage your buildings and FM infrastructure to reduce your business’s negative impact on the environment.
- Waste management – As waste volumes continue to grow, so too does the need to regularly review the efficiency of waste management systems and processes.
The focus for World FM Day 2015 is ‘Building Resilience for the Future’. For more information visit the Global FM website at www.globalfm.org or the World FM Day page on Facebook.