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May 15, 2019 - World FM Day focuses on the heroes who keep our facilities healthy, safe and productive. This year's theme is Celebrating Global FM Standards. Lots of resources have been created - we've got the download links.

IFMA (the International Facilities Management Association) will be celebrating throughout the  month of May but particularly in the week May 13-17...and of course on May 15 itself.

The Association is encouraging all FM professionals on social media or through word of mouth, to recognise the vital work that those in the sector contribute to businesses worldwide.


Knowledge Library

Each day of the week in which World FM Day falls, IFMA  will offer a Daily giveaway from its Knowledge Library for you to download and keep. These will include reports entitled '4 Ways Technology Has Changed the Modern Workplace'; '5 Practices that Improve the Business Impact of Research'; and 'How Cisco Improved their Triple Bottom Line by Updating their Brand, Culture and Workspace'. The first three are available Monday to Wednesday and will be followed on Thursday and Friday with 'Work Space Etiquette' and 'Making Sense of BIM for FM Managing for the Building Life Cycle'.

To get your copies - Click Here


Global FM

Global FM is run by a Board of Directors made up of individuals representing each member organisation such as the UK's IWFM. Duncan Waddell is the current Chairman. He told ThisWeekinFM: "Once a year the global facilities management community comes together to celebrate World FM Day but we encourage the everyone to celebrate any day of the week of 13-17 May.

"This year’s theme is Celebrating global ISO FM Standards, which acknowledges the milestone of creating the ISO 41000 series of Standards and Technical Report focussed on the global FM industry.

“Developing ISO Standards is a massive game changer for our industry. These standards represent a significant step forward in the standardisation of FM management professional practices internationally.”


New Chapter

To mark World FM Day the newest IFMA Chapter. that of the UK, has published a global outlook report featuring interviews with 12 FM leaders from all over the world in order to explore the trends, opportunities and challenges faced by facility managers in the UK, US, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Nigeria, South Africa and Australia.

As part of the report that looks at the role of FM in a constantly changing world, a key question was 'if you had to sell FM as a career choice, what would be your sales pitch?'

Martin Pickard, President of the IFMA UK Chapter said: “A career in facility management is one of the most diverse and interesting pathways you can follow. If you are people focused, a great problem solver, a terrific communicator and excited by the opportunities brought by change then you’re halfway there in an international profession that can take you from the mailroom to the boardroom.”



Zack Farrar a CFM from Jacobs, Milwaukee said: “I love not having to do the same thing every day. FM roles are so diverse and give the opportunity to learn and do more and more, as you move through the roles, locations and organisations. At the end of the day I’m a project manager with many hats and a lot of knowledge on a lot of things. It’s a fantastic way to become a well-rounded professional and make a good living.”


South Africa

Andrew Mason, owner of Workplacefundi, said: “As a young FM new to the industry, you can expect to lead a small team of cleaners, security guards and receptionists in the facility that you look after. To do this, you will need leadership skills, so I would sell facility management as one of the quickest routes for our youngest talent to get on to the leadership ladder.”



Helena Ohlsson Skjeld, a director of services, Scania Region in Sweden said: “If you work in FM, you can make a difference in almost every industry. You can make better buildings, smarter infrastructure, reduce negative impact on our planet, create safer and healthier environments, improve workforce happiness and productivity - and even save lives.”



Adejumoke Akure, a partner in Nigeria's Estatelinks, said: “FM makes innovation and creativity possible. FM creates a rich well of empowerment that is clearly relevant in nation building both of physical infrastructure and economics. It’s a great tool for international trade and wider influence.”



Luis Gameiro, a regional facilities manager for JLL in Portugal, said: “It's a job only for the brave and most daring ones.”



Stephen Ballesty, a director of In-Touch Advisory in Sydney, said: “FM is the foremost contributor to a more productive, sustainable and liveable built environment, leaving only one question - ‘what role will you play?”

To download the papers - Click Here

Picture: IFMA is offering a Daily giveaway from its Knowledge Library.

Show your support for FM - add the World FM Day twibbon to your ​social media with the text 'I’m celebrating World FM Day with IFMA' and add it to your email signature during the ​month of May. Right click the image and save to file.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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