• 17 Aug 2018
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    7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Knowledge Library

    The world seems to be moving faster than ever and it's made us busier than ever, struggling to save time and energy wherever we can. So, to help you do that, we’ve put together a few quick tips on how to get the most out of the Knowledge Library so you can find the content you need as quickly as possible. Tip # 1 - Save the site to your bookmark bar The best way to stay updated on the latest content from...
    • 15 Aug 2018
    • 65 views

    We Want to Hear from You!

    The Knowledge Library Team wants to know what you think of the Knowledge Library. Our goal is to make this space an enjoyable experience for you and most importantly provide you with a platform that equips you for any situation in the workplace. Your feedback is essential and helps us create new and refreshing ways to grow and improve the Knowledge Library. Please take a brief moment to answer a few questions for us...
    • 1 Aug 2018
    • 249 views

    August 2018 Featured Topic: Emergency Planning and Business Continuity

    From natural disasters to active threats and cyberattacks, preparedness is key to protecting lives and property. Having a recognition, response and recovery strategy is critical to resuming operations after a crisis. Learn how remote employees, technology, facility assessment checklists and other resources are a vital part of your business resilience strategy. Search the library by Category > Emergency Planning and...
    • 1 Jul 2018
    • 433 views

    Featured Content for July: Finance and business

    Your ability to effectively demonstrate and communicate how facility management impacts your organization’s operations, performance and bottom line supports your position as a strategic business partner. Browse this month’s content for insights into improving procedures, optimizing resources, collaborating with teams, applying good business practices and preventing fraud. Search the library by Category >...
    • 1 Jun 2018
    • 536 views

    Featured Content for June: Real Estate and Property Management

    From workplace strategy and building portfolio management, to location decisions and enhancing the aesthetics of commercial properties, best practices for leveraging property to achieve business objectives are increasingly important to strategic facility management. Browse this month’s selection of articles, research, podcasts and presentations. Want more? Consider becoming a registered user or IFMA member to...
    • 14 May 2018
    • 632 views

    Happy World FM Day

    *Content has now been moved back to the Knowledge Pass Access Level.* We are celebrating World FM Day the entire week! Facility management professionals are vital to creating and maintaining the built environment and the Knowledge Library is thrilled to be part of the celebration. We see and appreciate all your behind-the-scenes efforts and long hours to provide safe productive environments — not just this week...
    • 30 Apr 2018
    • 476 views

    Featured Content for May: Operations and Maintenance

    Operations and maintenance (O&M) may seem routine; but protecting life and property and ensuring optimal performance of your facility now and into the future is anything but humdrum. Browse O&M-related content for guidance on keeping your facility, its systems and equipment, and occupants/users safe, compliant and operating at peak efficiency. Want more? Consider becoming a registered user or IFMA member to...
    • 2 Apr 2018
    • 474 views

    Featured Content for April: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

    Implementing sustainable practices to meet environmental goals and standards can be as simple as changing a lightbulb or as progressive as rainwater harvesting. Greening your facility can involve a broad range of projects, strategies and products. The Knowledge Library provides research, tools and guidance on implementing, measuring and monitoring sustainable FM programs. Want more? Consider becoming a registered user...
    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 140 views

    Energy Efficiency Improvements with LED Lighting

    Justin Stouch, Stouch Lighting Retrofitting your current lighting with an energy efficient LED solution can save you up to 80% in annual (recurring) energy costs. The savings are so significant that you can finance the replacement of your legacy lighting with the cost savings you will realize from retrofitting your facilities with modern LED technology. When evaluating energy savings from advanced LED lights it’s...
    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 287 views

    The FM Innovator Podcast

    “The FM Innovator” is a weekly podcast hosted by Mike Petrusky where he and various FM industry leaders discuss workplace trends, challenges, and the future of the built environment. Petrusky has graciously granted the Knowledge Library access to each episode. To search available episodes simply type “ FM Innovator ” in the Title/Keyword search box or follow this link . Happy Learning!
    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 137 views

    The Knowledge Library Honors Top Performing Authors for 2017

    This spring the Knowledge Library hosted its first author appreciation and recognition. Over the course of three years since the launch of the KL so much has changed, but the one constant has been the amazing volunteers who make its existence possible. Once a year we recognize and award top performing volunteers who vet the Knowledge Library content. This usually occurs during the World Workplace Conference and Expo...
    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 482 views

    Featured Content for March: Technology

    New technologies are designed to make work easier; but trying to determine the best tech to implement in your workplace for your workforce isn't so easy. This month's featured library content offers advice on integrating technology into the built environment, and the benefits of connecting with colleagues to find proven solutions to technical problems. Search the library By Competency > Technology to find...
    • 31 Jan 2018
    • 1029 views

    February featured content: Government Relations

    Decisions made in Washington, D.C., are increasingly influencing the FM profession. From common sense solutions for energy efficiency to the importance of FM training, it's our responsibility to not only understand and benefit from policies affecting the built environment, but also provide the FM perspective to our elected officials. Some of the following features require IFMA Member or Knowledge Pass access levels...
    • 8 Jan 2018
    • 647 views

    What are millennials really like in the workplace?

    Michelle Ervin, Editor of Canadian Facility Management & Design Are millennials really the acclaim-craving, job-hopping, social-media junkies they have variously been portrayed as? The answer, apparently, is a resounding no. That’s according to the Fortune magazine article “Five myths about millennials in the workplace,” whose message was recently reiterated by a panel of International Facility...
    • 3 Jan 2018
    • 948 views

    January featured content: Quality

    Ensuring a high level of organizational quality requires the ability to manage, measure and monitor standards, work processes and FM services, among other areas. But it's not just about oversight. Applying your expertise and vision to develop and implement process improvements is expected. Refresh your approach to quality in the FM organization with featured content. Some of the following features require IFMA Member...
    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 756 views

    Upgrading and Renovating Technology Services in the Multifamily Residential Industry

    By Michael Slovin, VP, Xfinity Communities Developers, owners and facility managers in the U.S. multifamily residential industry have some serious work to do. A June study commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) revealed that the country needs an estimated 4.6 million new apartments by 2030 to accommodate growing demand. This increasing need –...
    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 685 views

    The FM of Tomorrow

    Jake Gunnoe, Ph.D., Jacob Kashiwagi, Ph.D. The State of the Industry In a rapidly changing world, the FM industry is struggling to keep up. The FM is not seen as a core component of most organizations; it is a technical support service, and a cost of doing business. Automation is beginning to dominate the workplace. Many technical job functions will soon be replaced by machines and artificial intelligence. If the...
    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 918 views

    New on FMJ: Technology & Next-Generation FM

    From blockchain to Big Data, disruptive technology and a shifting workforce are reshaping facility management. Change is nothing new for FM professionals – they’ve been leading change in the built environment since facilities made the shift from gas to electric lighting. In the November/December issue of FMJ, experts and longtime FMs reflect on new technologies and how to incorporate them into present-day...
    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 1347 views

    December featured content: Communication

    Effective communication can persuade, motivate, build trust and avoid confusion. Skilled communicators make sure ideas and initiatives are not only understood, but embraced. Choosing the right words, at the right time can help employees and partners feel more connected, instill confidence in customers and impress decision makers. Higher Level Communication Raising the Bar 3: From Operational Excellence to Strategic...
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 2540 views

    Featured Content for November: Project Management

    Effective project management (PM) requires sharp organizational and communication skills. The range of PM tasks spans budgeting, scheduling, negotiation, space allocation, training, tracking and joint accountability with other team members. Whether you're overseeing a new construction, renovation or other facility project, this month's featured content provides expert guidance on honing PM skills. Raising...
    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 995 views

    Key Takeaways from the Latest FMJ

    -Jocelyn Kerr, Editor, FMJ The September/October 2017 issue of FMJ explores the intersection of the built environment, a productive workforce and how to create collaborative spaces that meet the needs of the next generation of workers. "People, Process, Place" brings together industry-leading expert advice and tips to make the FM's job easier. How did a century-old greeting card company completely reinvent...
    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 846 views

    FM Advocacy Day Recap

    -Christine Neldon CFM, IFMA Fellow On September 13, IFMA delegates (myself included) converged to Washington, DC for FM Advocacy Day . It was a totally eye-opening experience. There was one day of briefing on what to expect and the next day we were off to whirlwind meetings. Standing on the Capitol steps for a group photo, we had our first glimpse of the stately and immense federal buildings. Little did we know that...
    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 843 views

    Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Importance of Lighting

    -Justin Stouch Lighting is an often-underestimated facet of buildings, outdoor spaces, and interiors. It can serve to enhance, detract, annoy, highlight, or even hide certain features. Even more important, lighting can play a crucial part in the energy consumption and environmental footprint of a building or space. Let's examine different ways that LED lighting solutions can be used for both interior and exterior...
    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 855 views

    Higher Level Communication

    Geoff Snavely, co-host of The FM Innovator podcast, episode "Higher Level Communication-Translating Great Ideas Into Action" provided useful insight into the inspiration behind the really interesting and insightful conversation that provided helpful tips for communicating in the workplace. "I am so fortunate to have an opportunity to spend time with Facilities Management Professionals daily. In those...
    • 4 Oct 2017
    • 852 views

    Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace

    In light of the recent events in Las Vegas our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with the many families whose lives have forever been changed. With this and other recent events in mind, the need to quickly and effectively secure our facilities, workers, and patrons is more important than ever. IFMAs Knowledge Library has compiled 11 documents to provide facility managers with the tools to prepare for this and other...