Wednesday, January 16, 2019
First Things First: DELIVER a State of the Union Address Pull together the facts, no matter how ugly they are, and present them to the entire maintenance team in a clear and succinct message. It is best that all team members...
Is the performance of your facilities manager slipping? Are you met with frustration instead of enthusiasm each time you give them more responsibility? Have they been making a lot of mistakes lately that have you questioning their qualifications and...
For facility executives and other operations professionals, the list of day-to-day issues involved with keeping an organization running smoothly is never ending. One that is muscling its way up the list in priority is the reality of facility staffing...
Buildings today rely on a combination of end-point technologies (sensors, controllers, management tools, etc.) using wired and wireless communications platforms. Although wired solutions are preferred in the majority of cases, wireless devices are becoming more prevalent due to the...
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...
Remember heaving a sigh of relief as you wrote your final exam in your university or polytechnic. You may have thought that would be the end of structured learning and exam writing. It probably did not take you long...
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...
Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, some things are just out of your control when it comes to your business, and disaster can (and let’s face it, will) strike! However, we ensure that an unavoidable disaster causes you...
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....
As compliance issues continue to increase in priority for managers, there are seven primary areas to keep an eye on to help avoid penalties that can negatively impact your organization. Here's the list below: Ethics. Aside from being potentially illegal, unethical...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Managing risk is a significant part of the job for facility managers, who require ongoing training and education to ensure they are up-to-date and aware of current risks, liabilities and regulations. With higher levels of training, facility managers can...
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...
Critical environments can include operational buildings, or areas within buildings, such as data centres, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and trading floors (such as a stock exchange) among others. Critical facilities are the systems that support the effective and efficient operation of these environments....
Maintenance is about the life cycle of facilities. Let’s say a building was under construction for six months. That building may remain in service in some capacity for 30, 60, even 100 or more years. Even a building with...
Out of a total number of more than Two Million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Nigeria for the current year, about 30,000 of them are from Benue State, making the State the number one victim outside the North-east of...
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 ...
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...
Looking from a Facilities Management view point, someone who has continuous innovative and a forward thinking development ideas towards an asset is what a lot of  businesses say they want in their next Facilities/Asset Manager.  A facilities manager ensures...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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