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How Flexible Workplace Changes the Role of a Facility Manager
Facility managers have a major role to play in creating an engaging, collaborative, and flexible workplace that fosters positive employee experience.
FREMONT, CA: The role of a facility manager has changed over the years, with the primary responsibility being to maintain workplace efficiency through maintenance. Today, this role has evolved into additional responsibilities like property management, in-house technology implementation, and even workplace design. This new facility management involves working closely with departments to make more informed decisions about building operations, company culture, and the overall workplace environment.
With this evolved role, facility managers, today, have access to data, which makes tracking metrics and setting benchmarks easier. This information allows facilities managers to look for ways to save energy, reduce costs, and optimise the workplace in several ways. This means that facilities management is now closely related to company culture elements, including office design and aesthetic. The flexibility to work regardless of place and time makes employees more productive and is quickly becoming the norm of a modern workplace. To tailor this type of working environment, some design changes need to be made. Facility managers can make better decisions in regards to the workplace and suggest technologies that power the effort.
Collaborative workspaces have quickly become a trend in office design. More opportunity to collaborate in an office space means improved employee morale and productivity. According to studies, European companies that are considered to be innovative are 30 per cent more likely to have spaces that prioritise collaboration. In other words, facility managers who realise that their employees have different work styles and give them the means to be their most productive selves can drive their business towards success. Building a flexible, collaborative workplace is critical in fostering positive employee experience. It is more about giving employees the resources and spaces they need to bring out their best.
Traditionally, facility managers were only monitoring building operations. Today, they are actively looking for ways to improve the business as a whole. That means, facility managers are in a position to make strategic workplace design decisions that lead to a better workplace.
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