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Mergers and acquisitions within the FM sector
There has been an increase in merger and acquisition activity within the FM services sector over recent years; which according to analysts is set to continue. What are the benefits to customers, clients and the services providers themselves of this level of consolidation within the FM market?
The social value of the bin has considerably increased. It has transitioned from being a humble receptacle for waste to an integral component in increasing recycling rates and shaping urban environments.
Knowledge is power
Lean and Keen
FM Clinic: ISO 41011:2017 Facility management standard
The new ISO 41011:2017 Facility management standard is designed to ensure FM is viewed as a strategically important discipline in the management, operation and maintenance of the workplace. It was recently adopted formally by the BIFM; while IFMA and RICS have been active in encouraging those representing the industry to actively engage with the new standard.
Line of Attack
Interconnected systems and digital information have revolutionised the way we shop, work and play. The evidence is everywhere. We share many of our waking moments on social media, track our every step and calorie intake on smart devices, and access online marketplaces and banking services anywhere, anytime.
Rules of Engagement
In May this year, corporate office specialist Anabas launched a white paper entitled ‘What type of office worker are you?’, the first in a series looking at the evolution of agile working. The paper focused on the importance of understanding human behaviour and work styles, how they influence interaction within the workplace itself and underpin engagement.
Ways to mitigate unconscious bias
It’s unlikely that anyone would ever dispute that all human beings deserve the same rights and respect – regardless of whether they’re male, female, black, white, heterosexual, homosexual, or whether they don’t fall into any predetermined social constructs or categories. Regardless, gender equality is unfortunately still a mere spec on the horizon.
FM Clinic: Taking the heat out of summer
Some recent reports suggest that those employees who are in the office over the summer don’t think that employers support them enough through the summer months, from providing better air conditioning when it’s hot to holding summer events. What can FMs do to ensure that those staff working through the season feel supported and motivated when half the office is on holiday?
Taking the heat
If you’re finding it tricky to get a mobile phone signal in your office building you’re not alone, says Ian Smith, IBC Business Manager at Redstone Connect in London. But just who is responsible for mobile coverage in your workplace and how do you fix it?
Breath easy and stay productive
New evidence suggests indoor air quality directly contributes to staff productivity. FMJ look at the ways a ventilation system can both enhance occupant comfort and contribute to a green infrastructure within buildings.
Did you know the current Data Protection Act is due to be replaced
The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) what does it mean to you and your organisation? Steve Talbot, Managing Director of IT Efficient, warns FMs to prepare for the upcoming changes in new Euro-wide regulations.
Innovations make vacuuming easier and more efficient
Facilitate opportunities at the Facilities Show
Advice from Ceris Burns, managing director of show PR partner, Ceris Burns International
Facilities Show 2017 is a calendar milestone for many cleaning and FM organisations.The world’s largest dedicated FM event is the place to exhibit, network, learn and innovate.
Practical innovations boost return on investment with measurably better cleaning results
A Clash of Perspective?
One could imagine that architects and door hardware pioneers would constantly be clashing – the former strives for aesthetic perfection while the latter for functionality, safety and security. However Simon Osborne, Commercial Leader of Allegion UK, believes that it need not be this way.
Green Spaces Create Happy Workplaces
First impressions count. And creating aesthetically pleasing workspaces, through well-maintained buildings and attractively landscaped grounds, is vital in helping to create a positive impression of your wider organisation. However, as important as image may be, there are arguably more significant benefits to be gained by optimising the environment in which your staff work on a daily basis.
EMPLOYEE SCREENING IS VITAL IN FIGHT AGAINST CYBER FRAUD
The facilities management sector employs around one in 10 of the UK working population, providing services that range from security to building and engineering maintenance through to asset management solutions. It is estimated to be worth £111bn a year to the nation’s economy.
FM’s blind spot: how to avoid fuelling myopic data-driven mistakes By Tim Oldman, CEO Leesman
In an issue dedicated to data, the RICS Property Journal recently set out a framework to help facilities managers to acquire a holistic view of how assets are performing. Seven key metrics were identified and hailed as enablers of workplace transformation if correctly measured - space utilisation; costs of occupancy; safe, comfortable and compliant; space productivity; location; wellbeing; and lease life.
Make networking work, for you
Cooperation and collaboration are vital for effective counter-terrorism
Commercial competitiveness must give way to collaboration as on-site teams work to deter terrorists. Response plans are clearly important but reducing the risk of an attack must always be the focus of counter-terrorism efforts. In the event of an attack, it goes without saying that disaster response and business continuity plans should be well established, known by all staff and tested regularly. Working on the assumption that an attack will happen is the best way to stay prepared in the event that it does.
Store to save with the ‘internet of energy’
Dr. Alex Mardapittas, Managing Director of Powerstar and inventor of the Virtue energy storage system, discusses how using storage technology can help realise significant savings on energy bills. The UK is currently in the midst of an energy crisis, with peak demand on the National Grid expected to increase six-fold by 2050 and at present, there is simply not enough energy resources to manage the forecasted growth.
When is the right time to upgrade to LEDs'?
Given that light emitting diode (LED) based lighting can save money, reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and has a long life and high quality light output, why aren’t all facilities managers upgrading to this technology? Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at Future Energy Solutions (FES) believes there’s nothing to fear from LED lighting and that now is a great time to make the switch.
Dispelling the myths of Mobile Access
Physical access control is a key component of many organisations and can be used for anything, from opening doors to car parks, buildings, secure rooms or even accessing computer files. Much of the technology and systems have remained the same over the past twenty years, but as technology is developing, security providers are increasingly turning to mobile devices for a range of security devices.
Designing Workspaces of the Future
With nomadic working life very much the way forward for most businesses, communication is happening from almost anywhere, we hear from Mary Ann de Lares Norris, Oblong Industries’ Vice President EMEA, who explains how new technology is disrupting the ways businesses conduct meetings, so that decisions can be made faster and employees can collaborate easily across time zones.
Go East or Get Fat
Workplace caterers and food producers need to adopt an Eastern approach to catering, seeing food as medicine, rather than simply as a source of sustenance. That was the message from speakers at a British Institute of Facilities Management London Region event this week (9 November 2016), sponsored by Partners In Purchasing, which explored trends in medicinal food.
Does IoT Signal the Death of BMS?
As enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) deployments begin to gather momentum, Indi Sall, Technical Director – IT Services, NG Bailey, asks what impact this new age of interconnectivity will have on the well-established world of Building Management Systems (BMS).
Effective Supply Chain Partnering
Stephen Henagulph, Screwfix Business to Business Manager, believes there is scope for closer and longer-term working agreements between facility managers, procurement teams and key suppliers to deliver service level agreements and a first-class service to clients.Stephen Henagulph, Screwfix Business to Business Manager, believes there is scope for closer and longer-term working agreements between facility managers, procurement teams and key suppliers to deliver service level agreements and a first-class service to clients.