• 14 May 2018

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...
    • 1 Oct 2017

    October featured content: Leadership and Strategy

    Leaders have vision, passion and drive. They take on tough challenges, innovate and problem-solve. They support and inspire their team because they know that success isn't achieved single-handedly. They plan strategically and communicate thoroughly. This month's content provides leadership strategies for workplace location decisions, planning for business resilience and managing change productively. Click on...
    • 4 Sep 2017

    September featured content: Human factors

    Facility managers develop and implement practices that support the performance and goals of the entire organization - this includes creating spaces conducive to innovation, providing safe and healthy environments, and supporting employee retention and productivity. Browse recently added content to better understand and address human factors in the workplace — from resistance to change and employee satisfaction...
    • 30 Jul 2017

    August featured content: Emergency Planning & Business Continuity

    Security risks to your systems, digital assets and people can be addressed by the same three areas you're trying to protect - encrypted systems, automated safeguards and employee training are all part of a solid security plan. Browse new content on smart safety measures for your facilities. Click on the titles below to link directly to each recently added resource: What Kind of Access Control is Right for You? The...
    • 29 Jun 2017

    July featured content: Finance and Business

    FM is building a presence in the C-suite, and facility managers have a growing opportunity to communicate the connections between FM operations and achieving financial objectives. Browse the recently added content below to learn more about representing the business side of FM in your organization. Click on the titles below to link directly to each recently added resource: 3 Ways to Optimize Your Resources for Growth...
    • 28 Jun 2017

    Wednesday Weekly Tip: FMJ in the Knowledge Library

    Welcome to your Wednesday Weekly Tips! We continue to add content pieces thanks to the many contributors that see the value in adding their content to the Knowledge Library. We are proud to feature pieces in the Knowledge Library from our own IFMA's official magazine, FMJ. The magazine is written by and for workplace professionals. The pieces featured in the Knowledge Library have their own cover image to help...