How could the role of FM change post COVID-19? | Scott Newland | D-I-S-Ce FM
18 June 2020 | Updated 19 June 2020
Scott Newland is a senior FM consultant working with an extensive portfolio of clients. His company, D-I-S-Ce FM, delivers a variety of facilities management consultancy solutions utilising the latest technological advances. In this Spotlight Interview, Scott discusses how FM teams may navigate the post-COVID-19 workplace.
The Rise of Facilities Management
Scott feels that now is the time for facilities management teams to really come into their own and make an impact on business. Having been thrust into the limelight during the pandemic, FMs have been instrumental in keeping businesses moving by supporting both home workers, and those that still require office space. Now they are charged with implementing strategy to get businesses back into buildings whilst managing COVID-19 risks.
Since the work of facilities teams has gained visibility, they are receiving increased recognition across businesses. This provides opportunity to ensure greater involvement in organisational strategy, which will be much needed to succeed in the post-pandemic environment.
“As an industry, I believe that we’re very much getting to be better understood and more well thought of from the C-suite within many organisations.”
– Scott Newland
MD, D-I-S-Ce FM
In the future, facilities managers could be involved in more business-wide decisions to balance the use of office buildings with home workers. There will be the challenge of maximising building efficiency with reduced occupancy. And alongside this FMs could also find themselves rolling out new initiatives to maintain a comfortable and productive remote workforce. All this must be achieved whilst spending is under increased scrutiny, so budget optimisation and finding ways to spread costs will be crucial.
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Join Scott as he shares insights on how FMs can best support businesses with post-pandemic strategy.
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