To keep your buildings running day in and day out, you—as a successful facilities manager—must wear several hats every day. From ensuring facilities are cleaned and managing access controls to setting up workstations and managing third-party vendors, it’s hard to find the time to stay on top of news, trends, and industry information that helps you stay at the top of your game. With so many resources on the Internet, finding the best information is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We’re here to help. Below is a noncomprehensive list of our favorite spots for facilities management news and trends.
Facilitiesnet is the home of Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions magazines. In addition, it covers a broad range of facility management topics for all types of facilities. In addition to its in-depth articles, case studies, and product information, Facilitiesnet maintains a job board, where facilities professionals can find their next job or search for the talent to build their teams. It also provides educational opportunities to help you build your facilities management skill set.
Buildings is a great resource for facilities managers looking toward the cutting edge. The editorial staff has a keen eye for the future of facilities management, with a lot of content focused on technology, especially “smart” or connected buildings and sustainable design. It features case studies and product news and events and has recently ramped up the Buildings Podcast.
Facility Executive publishes content with an eye on corporate executives across all industries who have their hands in all aspects of facility operations. In addition to information about working with vendors, managing access controls, or balancing your budget, it offers numerous continuing education opportunities, including live events and webinars.
FacilityManagement.com is a wonderful resource for those looking to learn how to operate their facilities more efficiently, with foci on safety; security; sustainability; and, of course, making economical choices. It typically publishes three in-depth articles per month, in addition to case studies and product information.
CleanLink covers a broad range of issues related to keeping your facilities looking and running their best. It’s the online home of three industry magazines: Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting Profits, and Facility Cleaning Decisions, with each addressing topics relevant to facilities managers. If you’re looking for up-to-date content about cleaning industry trends, technology, and janitorial supplies or even information about insurance or legislation related to the cleaning industry, make a point to check in here.
Facilities Manager Magazine is published by the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA), an organization created to help professionals working primarily in educational facilities. Although its content does reflect its roots in education, it has broad appeal, covering design, technology, sustainability, and much more. New issues of the magazine are published six times a year and are available online; in addition, it provides a searchable archive of previous issues.