Playing the “Green” Card – How to Make Green = Green in Facilities…

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It doesn’t matter if you are a tree burner, tree hugger, or anything in between.  If your organization says “green” or sustainability is important to them, then it is important to you.  Does that mean you begrudgingly implement such programs?  No, rather leverage those corporate goals and objectives to solicit the resources you need to […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Buildings Through Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning

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Commissioning is far more than a checkbox on USGBC’s LEED building certification form or a task that the contractor was supposed to-do according to project specifications.  In fact, Commissioning (Cx) and Retro-Commissioning (RCx) are some of the most cost-effective means of ensuring your buildings are performing optimally and efficiently. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released […]

Under-staffed? Under-funded? How do you get what you need for your Facility Management Program?

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Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in […]

Do you work in or support the Federal Sector? Then you’ll want to read this…

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Do you work in or support the Federal Sector?  Have you earned your FMP or CFM yet?  If not, then you will want to read this…  If you don’t work in the Federal sector, why should you care?  The Federal government is the largest property owner and tenant in the United States – thus from […]

Are FMs prepared for the things that go bump in the night?

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An Emergency Response Management (ERM) Program is one of the most frequent deficiencies found in facility management.  Many have a company business continuity or disaster recovery plan, but most facility organizations do not have an ERM program in place that supports the organization’s plans. For example, do you know, according to your organization’s business continuity […]

Are facility management credentials worth it?

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Are you trying to enter or grow your career in the facility industry?  Do you want to gain more respect as a “facility professional”?  Looking to make more money?  Are you just trying to shake the stigma of “glorified janitor”?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you will want to read […]

Implementing a Robust Maintenance Program

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In our daily reactive firefighting, it is easy to get lost in the smoke.  We don’t realize how much of our time is spent spinning our wheels and the negative impact it has on our staff, our reputation, and the bottom line.  It is imperative that we take a step back and pull ourselves out […]

Perception is 9/10ths Reality… Managing Customer Perception & Expectations

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How much easier would your job be if you could use the Jedi mind trick?  ”You are not cold, the temperature is just right.”  “You enjoy your gray cubicle with dim lighting.”  “You don’t really need that dry erase board hung today.”  Okay, come back to reality…  The truth is you can’t (or at least shouldn’t) […]

Politics and Facility Management – Wanna Win, Gotta Play

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When you hear the word “politics”, what comes to mind?  Finger-pointing, gridlock, partisan, money, under-table deals, scandals, etc. – all-in-all, politics has a negative connotation.  However, according to Merriam-Webster, politics is defined as “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.”  The key […]

What CMMS Would You Recommend?

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As an instructor and presenter in the facility industry and staunch proponent for computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), I am frequently asked “What CMMS would you recommend?”  Twenty years ago, it was fairly easy to answer that question, because there were not many players in the market.  The opposite is true today with the advent […]