Tag: International Facility Management Association

Designing Office Space with Acoustics in Mind

Facilities managers who are creating new office spaces or renovating existing ones should work with their employers to design acoustically friendly offices, which would benefit both employees and employers. Challenges While many offices embrace an open office plan to encourage collaboration, this presents three main acoustical challenges that affect employees and employers. 1. Productivity According […]

IFMA and NFPA Partner on Safety Training for Facility Professionals

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) announced a collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to offer members of both organizations training and resources to enhance the safety and performance of facilities and facility professionals globally. Through this collaboration, IFMA members will have access to NFPA’s training and certification programs, as well as more than […]

5 Ways to Create a Better Workplace for Neurodivergent Employees

As more companies return to the office, either on a part- or full-time basis, facilities managers should work with employers to modify the workplace so neurodivergent employees are given equal opportunities to succeed. What Does Being ‘Neurodivergent’ Mean? According to the Cleveland Clinic, “neurodivergent” is a nonmedical term describing people whose “brains develop or work […]

FM Industry Wants to Recruit More Veterans

Because only 15% of the facilities management workforce comprises military veterans, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) hosted a webinar called “Veterans in Facility Management: Unlocking New Talent” on March 26 to cover a new study and encourage more veterans to enter the field. About the Study The event focused on presenting and interpreting the […]

How Employers and Employees Can Help Women Advance in Facilities Management

To help celebrate Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) hosted a live webinar event on March 6 entitled “Mentorship and Empowerment: Insights on Advancing Women in Facility Management.” Report Findings The event focused on presenting and interpreting the results of the latest IFMA […]

IFMA President and CEO Don Gilpin to Step Down Next Year

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) announced President and CEO Don Gilpin has made the decision to not renew his contract at its conclusion next year and will instead pursue other interests. Gilpin will continue to serve in his current capacity at IFMA until the end of fiscal year 2025, which concludes on June 30, […]

What Are the Top KPIs and Challenges Facing Organizations?

To kick off the new year, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) hosted a webinar on January 18 called “Elevate FM in 2024: Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead,” during which the top 2023 key performance indicators (KPIs), the most often asked KPIs, and expected challenges for 2024 were discussed. Top KPIs in 2023 Based on […]

12 Facilities Management Certifications to Consider for 2024

As we entered 2024, many facilities professionals made New Year’s resolutions to boost their careers. Some will be going back to school to get a college degree in facilities management or a specialty such as sustainability or operations management. Others will be taking classes, or simply studying on their own, so they can gain the […]

Faces of Facilities: Linda Besetzny from R.J. O’Brien & Associates

Linda Besetzny oversees facilities management on a global scale, which poses unique challenges but offers rewarding opportunities. And with over 25 years of industry experience, she has a long list of achievements and interesting stories to share. Besetzny is the director of global facilities at R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO), the oldest and largest independent […]

IFMA Issues Statement on AI and Facilities Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic among every industry. For example, the tech dominated the security industry’s recently released 2024 megatrends. And the case is no different in facilities management (FM), with industry insiders citing AI as one of the top opportunities for the year ahead. Nonetheless, studies have shown most people worry about […]