Month: June 2014

The Hands-On Hand-Off by Brad Howlett, CFM

The Hands-On Hand-Off by Brad Howlett, CFM

At some point in every facilities manager’s career there comes a time where the FM’s responsibilities need to be passed on to a successor, or a replacement.  Hopefully this happens because of upward mobility—being offered a higher level position.  Sometimes it comes under more difficult circumstances for the FM—organizational restructuring, downsizing, etc.  Either way, it […]

Facilities Department Not a Profit Center – But Can It Be???

Facilities Department Not a Profit Center – But Can It Be???

If you have been in the facility industry long enough, you have likely heard on numerous occasions “the Facilities Department is not a profit center”, “facilities is a necessary evil”, “you are just overhead”, and many other doozies. While the facilities department does not necessarily manufacture the widgets or process the transactions of our respective […]

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail – The need for Capital Renewal Planning Program

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail – The need for Capital Renewal Planning Program

Many of you have likely heard the saying “a failure to plan is a plan to fail.”  That is true especially when it comes to planning and budgeting for the capital replacement of aging facility systems. How many of you, if asked, could provide a 3 to 5 year capital replacement list indicating which systems […]