Facilities represent a large part of any company's assets and expenses – usually the second highest cost behind personnel.
However, FM doesn't usually receive the same attention that other parts of organisation receive.
Having a professional FM resource to provide strategic direction and stewardship is critical to getting results, lowering costs and minimising risk.
FM is a profession not always recognised by some companies. Only recently have college and university programmes become available for the industry, and designations like IFMA's Facilities Management Professional (FMP) are gradually gaining international popularity.
However, with increasing awareness of the importance, costs, risks, and opportunities inherent in owning or leasing facilities, it is gradually shifting from simply being a job description to being a strategically important professional role.
The pages to follow outline the top 10 reasons your company needs an FM professional.
1. Facilities are one of your company's larges assets and a represent a significant cost of doing business.
Facilities managers have the knowledge to maximise value and minimise costs, adding directly to the bottom line.
2. Facilities and the environment they provide employees, processes and systems have a large impact on productivity.
An FM professional understands the company's business and the interaction with the facility necessary to maximise productivity.
3. Facility accommodations, whether in growth mode or not, require strategic planning to minimise costs and maximise value.
An FM professional provides strategic direction and development or leasing guidance to achieve the results the company needs.
4. Sustainability is critical to the environment for the company and its employees as well as corporate image.
FM professionals provide the stewardship required to maintain leadership on the environment.
5. The environmental and legislative complexity of owning or leasing facilities represents a huge risk to the company.
A good FM professional navigates the requirements and mitigates the risk.
6. Facilities require an entire team of generalists and specialists to provide services.
Knowledgeable FM professionals understand how to make these resources work together to maximise value, reduce risk and minimise costs.
7. The facilities that house your business can absorb considerable effort to manage effectively.
A facilities manager takes on this burden and frees up other resources to fully focus on what makes the company successful in delivering its core business and generating bottom line results.
8. Managing facilities with an administrative resource or line manager means it won't get the attention it deserves and may put the company at risk.
FM professionals have the training, background and experience in all areas of the complex issues and services required to provide safe, effective stewardship to the companies facility assets.
9. An FM professional has the experience and overall oversight for facilities issues, enabling them to see patterns, track changes and identify risks that may have a future negative impact.
Their knowledge enables them to take corrective action now to reduce your risk and costs.
10. FM is supported by both local associations and large international associations such as IFMA with more 22,000 members worldwide.
Widely recognised industry designations for facilities managers demonstrates that FM is more than just a job – it is a profession.