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The Soft Skills Facilities Managers Need to Succeed

The Soft Skills Facilities Managers Need to Succeed

February 22, 2016


During our series of leadership articles, you may have wondered why we’ve placed an emphasis on soft skills, like time management and leadership. Facilities managers are task-oriented professionals. When the C-suite needs a job to get done the right way …

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OSHA Provides Tools to Prevent Workplace Violence

OSHA Provides Tools to Prevent Workplace Violence

February 11, 2016


With incidents of workplace violence increasing around the country, the need for facilities managers to create and revise Code Silver (active shooter) plans, then practice them with their healthcare facilities staff has become more critical than ever. If you’re stuck …

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What is a Facility Manager?

What is a Facility Manager?

January 26, 2016


When you talk to friends and family about being a facility manager, have you ever struggled to describe what you do? Don’t worry if you had to think about it for a few moments. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) …

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Does Your Facility Need a Deep Energy Retrofit?

Does Your Facility Need a Deep Energy Retrofit?

January 15, 2016


True energy savings is a complicated process. Thanks to the New Buildings Institute’s free tool, you can save it in negawatts to justify the savings involved with an energy retrofit. To make their tool work for you, feeding it specific, …

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Improving Your Management Style

Improving Your Management Style

December 28, 2015


When was the last time someone asked you, “What’s your management style?” You were probably asked that question during a job interview so a future employer could get a better read on how you’d perform, not only in a crisis …

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CHP Systems Provide Resilience, Savings

CHP Systems Provide Resilience, Savings

December 14, 2015


The essence of any facility’s energy master plans must go beyond fixing and replacing broken systems one plug load at a time, and focus on what’s best and most economical for the future of your infrastructure. With weather becoming less …

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How Are You Preventing Facility Fires?

How Are You Preventing Facility Fires?

November 16, 2015


Some two years ago, a very surprising survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers discovered some two-thirds of Americans feel much more protected at home from fires than in a commercial or public building. Moreover, nearly 60 percent …

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Is Resiliency Part of Your Facility's Plans

Is Resiliency Part of Your Facility’s Plans?

November 6, 2015


Once a facility has survived devastating weather, how it bounces back from serious operational problems, like a hurricane, drought or winter storm, can become a monumental challenge for a facilities manager. The emergence of more dangerous and volatile weather patterns …

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Keep Parking Lots Secure and Well Lighted

Keep Parking Lots Secure and Well Lighted

October 28, 2015


An important part of a facility’s integrated security measures — parking lot lighting — doesn’t get discussed as much as it should be. Nevertheless, it deserves a facilities manager’s attention on three fronts: Security, energy savings and uniformity (more consistency …

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