Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Facility Managers can take a leadership role in reducing costs for their organizations by examining areas that may not have received much attention before. Here are key things you can do. A key responsibility of Facility Managers has been...
Capital funding is always an issue in facilities, with Facility managers constantly fighting for replacement and renewal funding for their buildings, competing for funds needed elsewhere within the company. I've seen many FM's struggle at this, yet I have seen...
An organization’s greatest assets are its workforce and its facility. The way a facility looks, feels and functions has a heavy hand in how well your workforce performs, and that makes your facility manager an important link between the two...
1. Commit to Increasing Your Cybersecurity Budget Global cybersecurity spending is expected to surpass $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Currently, the median spend on security is about 7 to 9 percent of an organization’s IT budget. Plan to spend...
It's the new year already and workplace leaders like you are undoubtedly already looking ahead and putting the finishing touches on your plan for the new year. And if you’re like most facilities leaders, saving money is at the...
After a rather unimpressive 2016 economic growth in Nigeria for almost all sectors, with its attendant negative impacts on the bottom-line of most companies, all attention now turns to required adjustments to survive in 2017. If many of the expert...
The first industrial revolution that has started in 1760 and to some time between 1820 to 1840 has brought in significant developments in the world. Predominantly the world has seen the inventions of textiles, iron ore processing, steam power...
Energy management is structurally driven when all key areas are considered. The key areas are Commissioning, Energy audit and Building Re-tuning. Here let us see about Energy Audit…. An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows, for energy...
The biggest question any professional can ask is ‘How can I succeed and thrive in my field?’ To answer it, we’ll have to define what ‘success’ means for you, and then examine the best ways to achieve that success. What...
It has been demonstrated that millennials, with their ability more rapidly to innovate, create, learn and adapt to new situations as well as their desire to be challenged, to have fun in their work environment and their flexibility, should...
The maintenance and condition of public restrooms carries heavy consequences for facility management teams. A recent survey analyzes Americans’ public hand-washing behaviors and preferences and illustrates how a facility’s restroom appearance affects perceptions of the business or establishment, and...
When the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, received the leadership of the Nigerian Institute of Architects in her office on Friday, December 9, it was a paradigm shifting event, but which ironically did not attract any media attention....
Although powerful smart-building capabilities exist, obstacles remain to their wider use. As David Wilts, associate principal at ARUP, points out, “Smart is not in everyone’s design vocabulary. People are still using return on investment as an excuse not to build...
Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a variety of answers. A...
In different forms, every business – either Blue Chip Multinational or Small and Medium Scale Enterprise – has some form of Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFLM) objectives. For some, it might be saving cost through strategic management, while...
Vice-Chair BIFM Nigeria-Abuja and Group Operations Manager, Filmo Group, Engr. Olumide Aina spoke at the Networking event at United Kingdom Trade and Investment on Tuesday that there will be a monthly members meeting on Thursday 15th December, 2016 at...
It is no news that one the major channels through which Foreign Exchange earnings leave Nigeria is medical tourism. In fact, a 2013 BusinessDay report revealed that 47% (18,000) of Nigerians, who visited India that year, did so for...
It’s a common knowledge that during financial crises, the value of most asset nosedives; owing to a number of unfavourable economic indices such as: spiking interest rate, slow Gross Domestic Product (GDP), subdued investors’ confidence, and a number of...
Managing a business concern effectively can be a daunting task when the various elements that make up the system are considered. No matter the size, kind of business and location, maximizing profit and providing value to customers are key...
Facility management companies and their maintenance professionals face myriad issues on a day-to-day basis. Some of these problems arise from simple, day-to-day operations, while others are a symptom of a much deeper problem. In this post, we will look...
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and BIFM Nigeria, together with BusinessDay, have today published the findings from the Facilities Management Business Confidence Monitor 2016/17 Nigeria. The 197 respondents who took part in the survey recognized the growing and...
New realities are rising with the dawn of innovative technologies in solid waste management, with the Lagos authorities wielding the ‘big stick’ in surprise moves to rescue the state from the inefficiency of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators. In...
Depending on the size and scope of your building, you work with a number of vendors for the ongoing maintenance of your facility. Different components and needs within your space require different types of service. In some situations, you call...
Times are changing, and so is the typical workplace and work schedule. Flex work is one of many major changes that facility managers are facing, but if it’s a good fit for an organization and implemented properly can be...
Against the hyped threat to banking sector stability arising from credit to the energy sector, there are indications that banks are not only recovering from the 2015 red lines, but some of them are now stepping up their positions...
The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalong, on Tuesday said the Federal Government can’t continue to fund the management of sports facilities in the country with the current economic hardship in the land. He made the remark while...
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has called for the immediate release of the N17 billion Electricity Facility Fund granted it three years ago by the Federal Government. Dr. Abubakar Atiku, the TCN Managing Director, made the call during the company’s...
Too often companies, in an attempt to drive portfolio performance, tend to focus on management costs, neglecting that the real driver of portfolio performance is costs managed. This is particularly relevant for organisations embarking on an outsourcing strategy driven by...
The Federal Government has launched a prototype rubber sheet processing factories in Edo and Delta States to assist small scale rubber farmers in adding value to their products. It also called for more collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the rubber industry, with a view to exploring...
In the light of new data identification number policy on goods entering Europe, Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Segun Musa, in this interview with WOLE OYEBADE, explains why air cargo services in...
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS (KYC) Have a clear knowledge and understanding of who your customers are and put up a strategy to understand their changing needs. Your customers may fall into one of these categories; The Occupants, residents, staffs, co-workers, etc ...
Digital Revolution In the 1980s, with the introduction of computers, a 4-day work week was envisaged in the future. Today enabled by technology, we are able and we need to compete globally. Your day may start with a 6am call...
Commissioning is critical to the success of building projects and building operations. As a third-party review, the commissioning process bridges the inevitable gaps that occur in any complex project, despite the best design and intent on the part of...
As Facility Managers and business professional, networking is a useful tool. However, there remains a thin line between responsible networking and becoming a pest. Calling everyone you know multiple times asking for a job can come off as being...
Facilities management is not just a task but a profession. College and university courses have become available to teach facilities management, and with increased awareness of it and the cost involved in owning or leasing facilities, it’s gradually evolving...
According to a Global Industries Analytics Report, the facilities management industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries, with expected growth to reach $394.69 billion by 2017. FM continues to provide a lucrative career path, while the roles and responsibilities...
Since the 21st century, the real estate sector has continued to play a tremendous role in growing the economy with land being a major contributor. As economic activities have become more urban over time, the crucial role of the...
What knowledge and skills do you need to be a strategic resource to your company? How do you enable a safe, secure, comfortable, and productive workplace? How do you add value in a way that matters to your organisations? This book...
Be it a residential or commercial property, conflict happens. It is an inevitable fact of life. This is more the case where you have a mix of people from diverse cultures, languages and with different expectations. Realizing that the parties involved...
Key findings of 197 respondents who took part in the survey, include an optimism and positivity around the industry, a projected investment in FM training and development and an increasing use of technology amidst a recession in the region.  The...
World Bank, UNEP, DFID to provide advisory support Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of guidelines for the Green Bonds that target N78 billion in climate finance. Under the guidelines, some sectors...
 World Bank, UNEP, DFID to provide advisory support Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of guidelines for the Green Bonds that target N78 billion in climate finance.Under the guidelines, some sectors...
But what is energy storage, and how can it be put to use, today, in facilities across the country? Currently, there are more than 150,000 megawatts of storage systems installed worldwide. Energy storage can refer to a wide range of...
The ravaging economic recession in Nigeria has, by default, taught many organizations on how to be creative, innovative and also to realize the need to be cost-effective, to increase productivity and remain profitable. The implication of this is that,...
It is no news that one major channel through which Foreign Exchange earnings leave Nigeria is medical tourism. A 2013 BusinessDay report revealed that 47% (18,000) of Nigerians, who visited India that year, did so for medical reasons and...
The Senate Committee on Privatisation has commended the management of Egbin Power Station over the improvement recorded in power generation and the ongoing transformation of the plant. This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s head of media...
The current economic downturn is no doubt compelling organizations to rethink their operational strategy as the pressure to develop innovative business practices that will enhance capacity, deepen market share and drive revenue without necessarily inflating cost continue to pile...
It’s important for employers to understand how hazardous substances in their workplace can have a detrimental effect on employee’s health and that they must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to prevent anything dangerous happening. Here...
To mitigate the high operating expenses of facilities as well as engender maintenance culture in the country, stakeholders in facility management have solicited for the establishment of facility management (FM) units across states of the federation. They also called on...
When it comes to protecting your business and not just in Nigeria, you can never be too safe. By taking the right precautions, you’ll be able to prevent any possible threats such as burglary, theft, vandalism and fraud. It is...
In truth, the big issues of 2007 – waste compliance, carbon reduction, energy and water management – all remain the big issues of 2016. And at its heart, sustainability, for many, remains little more than a compliance-driven bolt-on. And yet,...
Overtime, and especially with advances in technology and the urbanisation that followed the Industrial Revolution had created a new set of challenges. These were most famously laid out in a 1798 book called An Essay on the Principle of Population,...
  I'm sure we all are familiar with the proverb, “Prevention is better than cure”. It is definitely true when it comes to protecting your business from costly repairs. Whilst it is important to have processes in place once disaster does...
Suffice it to say, that flexible working is becoming the 21st century equivalent of the "executive washroom," with only the more senior members of staff being afforded that perk. Research has shown that a lack of opportunity for agile working...
I will like to share with you some of the key reasons why we need to know our buildings in terms of the available critical systems that underpins the provision of world class Facilities Management services in the built...
I have always been an advocate for people (team) development, maturity, mentorship and retention in the workplace because it carries the highest cost in terms of salaries, remunerations etc, in the built environment. In the facilities management industry for...

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