9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

Do your job justice and celebrate World FM Day

June 10 marks World FM day. In a global climate of increasing connectivity ”” technology, business relations and trends ”” connections are at the heart of the growth of the facility management (FM) industry across the world. The ability of an FM team to deliver seamless, integrated services is highly dependent on having an intimate understanding of all the connections across the industry.

With businesses operating globally, focusing on developing a more integrated FM industry is at the forefront of priorities for FM associations around the world. In Australia, we have the Facility Management Association (FMA), the national industry body for facilities management. In the UK, they have the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), and in the US, they have the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) which also serves an international body for other regions.

A common thread amongst the industries in these three major FM markets is how many areas of FM are still operating in silos. Facility managers, often time-poor, have little time to get up to speed on the latest technological trends or educate themselves on best practices that would make their work processes easier and more integrated. Add an increasingly challenging economic climate, reduced budgets (FM is often the first to feel the cut) and legislative changes that require facility managers to fight fires (taking away precious time needed to plan strategically) and we get an industry that offers a lot of opportunities for progress, but is slow moving in terms of effecting these changes.

Ask most people in any organisation what they think a facility manager does, and they would probably say. “Cleaning, fixing anything that’s broken and oh, maybe, making sure contractors show up on time for maintenance services.” This unfortunately is the common misconception of what the job entails. Hence, Stan Mitchell, Chairman of ISO TC 267 Facilities Management Committee, in an interview with Global FM, urges: “This World FM Day I would urge you (those in the facility management industry) to celebrate, communicate and share the message of what our discipline does, along with the value it can bring with the widest community you possibly can.”

Stan proposes that FM communities support the creation of a new international management system standard for facility management, which is in line with this year’s theme of ”˜Building Resilience for the Future’. On paper, an international standard like this would only serve to integrate the industry, promote connectivity and remove the silos that many find themselves isolated in.

So, celebrate World FM Day throughout June. Raise the profile of your industry because like the FMA says: “the FM profession touches nearly everyone, everywhere in some way.”

In the UK, BIFM is leveraging on World FM day to draw attention to the valuable contributions facility management teams have made, not only within the profession and industry, but also among governments. Similar to BIFM, the FMA in Australia is also rolling out events such as seminars and workshops to raise awareness of the special day.

Find out more about World FM Day celebrations throughout the month of June in Australia by visiting: https://www.fma.com.au/world-fm-day-going-global-fm

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