Corporate Real Estate (CRE) executives and Facilities managers have increasingly complex roles in today’s rapidly changing business environment. They are becoming an important part of the strategic planning process for not only the performance of business, but also the performance of people. In addition to managing complex real estate portfolios and enabling technical delivery in the most efficient way, CRE’s and facility managers must also understand how the built environment affects end users.
Flexibility is key. Diverse populations and work styles demand a 360 degree approach to workplace management. This 360 degree approach is about bringing individual experiences to life, on-site and off, and delivering performance to the organization and individuals through every transaction.
The future of CRE and facility leadership will become one of such experience management, whereby employees are offered an à la carte workplace experience with a menu of services, locations and support. You may see this already in your knowledge workers. They typically come in for a day, three hours, or three days, and may require technology for meetings, need a place to unwind and refresh their creativity, or seek a private space for calls. Today’s facility managers are positioned to ensure the effective delivery of each of these services for an optimal work experience.
Tracking, technology, and the integration of key statistics and metrics is also important. As is the ability to interface all functional teams that are involved with the core business and people services. The future is today for the next generation of facility manager.
Sodexo, the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), Global FM, and member organizations across six continents take pause each year in the last week of June to celebrate the facility management profession the world over. This year’s event takes place today, June 28, 2012, and is marked by luncheons, seminars, workshops, and a Tweet-up aimed to promote the facility management profession, but best of all it’s a way to celebrate the contributions of our facility managers and tip our hat to this budding profession.
Sodexo Facilities Management Solutions and IFMA are proud to play key roles in the future vision of corporate real estate and facilities management through the development of our people, skills, and partnerships. Today, we join the IFMA for World FM Day — a virtual event on Twitter. For a longer discussion, check out the LinkedIn Workplace Experience group to engage in some thought provoking discussions with industry leaders.
Kevin Rettle, FMP, is the director of FM/CRE Market Research & Insights, Sodexo
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