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Facilities Management – Profession Overview


Facilities Management – Profession Overview

Working with facilities managers is an important part of our daily routine, as the functionality and quality of the floor is crucial to the smooth running of a site. For those interested in getting started in this type of role we’ve put together some tips and thoughts on what makes a good facilities manager.

Definition: Facilities management is the integration of processes within an organization to maintain and develop the agreed services which support and improve the effectiveness of its primary activities. It’s the business of providing SOLUTIONS – a key business function in any organization.

Qualities of a potential facility manager

  • Team Player
  • Understands work and relationships
  • Eyes for cost and spend
  • Providing right directions
  • Meets customer demands
  • Quick thinker
  • Strategic Decisions


“People are the greatest asset.” Understand the nature of organizational business where you work and its commitment to the people.

Build efficient team networks and maintain good personal relationships. Work on your people skills. Communication is KEY. Enhance the organizations culture and image.

Stay on top of your game. Avoid any blame or embarrassments. Sweat the assets, make them highly cost effective. The FM is always looked upon as the person to approach. It is VITAL to understand the people’s expectations. Always plan ahead, and plan alternative back-ups. Allocate additional resources, and review the situation and its progress. Ensure task completion.

Effects of Quality FM

  • Facilitate key decision making
  • Contribute to organizational goals
  • Save the team in a crisis
  • Respect as a leader

If you’re interested in finding out how working with a flooring supplier can help to solve common facilities management issues why not give this white paper a read.

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Margaret Sullivan

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