It could be argued that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has a bit of a corner on the ‘strategic FM market’. Certainly they have something of a first-mover advantage, claimed with the launch of a specific campaign on this subject back in 2013:
RICS offers strategic advice
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a 'Think Strategic' campaign, offering free news and advice from industry experts to FM practitioners.
Since then RICS has built up a range of resources on its website FM Hub pages. Included are advice documents, feature articles, research and case studies. Click here for access to the RICS FM hub.
Backing up this campaign was a subsequent argument from RICS on the very significant cost to organisations that do not adopt a strategic approach to FM:
RICS research highlights cost of ineffective FM
New research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that UK businesses could be losing out on savings of nearly £1bn as a result of their failure to adopt a more effective approach to facilities management.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is keenly interested in this subject, too, of course – and in its own way it set the scene with its standards guidelines, published in 2014.
BIFM launches professional standards
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched new standards documentation designed to define the key functions performed by FMs and the competences required to be a proficient professional.
Practitioners and service providers have also weighed in on the subject, including Lucy Black, an experienced FM and service quality analyst:
Show and tell: the path to strategic influence
Facilities managers want to be taken seriously. Indeed, it can sometimes feel as if we spend a lot of our time saying: “Look at me, I’m a professional, just like the architects, engineers and accountants: take me seriously”.
And an analysis from ISS looked at the advantages of strategic FM in action:
Managing risk through strategic FM
ISS has released a white paper looking at how to manage and mitigate risk through strategic facilities management.
There is much more on this subject in our archives. A search on the term ‘strategic FM’ brings together a long list of features, research reports and opinion pieces – and of course many of these will lead to more ideas for additional helpful reading.
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