February 11, 2020 0

2020 vision: Where is facility management heading?

Posted by:Sophia Hickman onFebruary 11, 2020

The expectation of your role as a facility manager is to manage costs without compromising workers’ experience, which is becoming increasingly difficult with the pressure to become more efficient, both financially and in terms of energy, while satisfying multicultural and intergenerational teams. To ensure facility managers stay on top of their demanding job, it is important to keep up to date with facility management trends. So what are they? Don’t get left behind, learn what 2020 has in store for you.

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Top trends of 2020:

1. Smart technology

Technology continues to redefine the world around us, and there is no exception when it comes to facility management. As we enter into 2020, we can expect to see the majority of buildings adopt smart technologies as it is not only cost-effective, but you can also reduce your organization’s environmental impact. The five core benefits of smart technologies include:

  • Integrated workplace and wellbeing management solutions to drive productivity, performance, and longevity 
  • Energy and sustainability solutions for eco-friendly carbon footprint impact and compliance 
  • Increased efficiency via automation for workstream optimization and cost-saving 
  • Predictive maintenance capability for effective operations and better asset management
  • Best practice and agile processes for converting reactive activities into smart services

2. Employee wellness programs

The productivity and wellbeing of employees have taken center stage in recent years, with organizations recognizing the value of happy and engaged staff when they have excellent mental and physical health. The health and wellness of their employees usually have a direct effect on the productivity and profits of a company. 

Wellbeing programs have led to a trend in FM managers focusing on the creation of workplace strategies that actively promote engagement, wellbeing, and, ultimately, the productivity of their staff. Some strategies include: 

  • Healthy lunch and snacks
  • Assistance programs
  • Naps
  • Fitness activities 

3. Sustainable solutions

The responsibility of sustainable solutions will only expand in the future for facility managers, as it’s a given fact that buildings account for almost 40% of global energy use, therefore sustainability has become an essential strategic topic. 

Existing assets and systems will need to be put into a sustainable framework, including making life-cycle assessments and undertaking life-cycle building management. Training employees in maintaining a sustainable workplace and developing new methods to reduce energy levels, waste and carbon footprint overall, is the future of facility management. 

4. Drones for inspection 

Within facility management, drones are primarily being used for inspections in hard to reach areas such as rooftop equipment or building facades. Drones can save time by preventing the need to erect scaffolding or aerial work platforms which also makes it cost effective. 

5. Augmented reality 

Augmented reality will enhance visibility and allow you to experience situations without physically being there. This will improve awareness of the surrounding risks and asset monitoring, especially for those that are difficult to access, such as pipes buried deep within walls or underground tunnels that may be dangerous to walk through. Maintenance tasks and system modifications can be completed more efficiently while helping protect workers. 

6. Outsourcing

There is a lot of pressure on companies in the modern world to offer value to their customers, forcing them to constantly innovate and expand their core services to deliver more and more value. The consequence of this is often a reduction in their non-core facility management budget, at the same time as employees and clients expect better workplace experiences. Which is exactly what makes outsourcing such an attractive proposition and an upcoming trend in facility management.

7. Collaborative spaces

Collaborative spaces have quickly become a hot trend in office design over the last few years, and for a good reason. More space to collaborate in an office means improved employee morale, creativity, and productivity. 

It is no surprise that most of these trends stem from the evolution of technology. WhosOnLocation is one smart technology that has revolutionized the way thousands of organizations manage the safety and security of everyone on site. A paper book can record the details of who is on site but is ineffective when it comes to ensuring visitor data isn’t shared with others, that contractors have the relevant insurances, are inducted to site processes and procedure, and most importantly everyone is able to be accounted for in the unfortunate event of an emergency. 

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