As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to take some time to look back on 2017 and evaluate the year’s trends and challenges that we’ve seen take shape in the industry. I wanted to share some popular blog posts from 2017 that touched on the trends in real estate and facility management we’ve seen this year.
- Preparing for the Future? Keep an eye on Workplace Trends
The advancements in workplace and office design are pretty good indicators of where facility management is heading. The evolution of the workplace has been a major topic of discussion throughout the year. We see that more companies are moving to office layouts designed to spark collaboration and improve productivity. In addition, these new office concepts provide state of the art amenities, giving employees extra benefits in hopes to decrease employee turnover (and attracting new talent). Additionally, many companies now offer flexible workspaces for employees to chose where they work in the office – in an open floor plan, quiet work pod, rentable conference room, etc. – so that they can work in the environment they are most productive in. Companies are also offering more amenities than ever to employees to improve work/life balance. Some examples we have seen range from full gyms with yoga studios and tracks included, to in house restaurants and cafés.
This blog post takes a different spin on the workplace trends topic and focuses on how data is being used to transform the design of the workplace. It features an article by JLL RealView that explains how the same data surge that is being used to track and manage the performance of buildings is also being applied to company’s office spaces. This means that the space in your building or office need to be able to easily transform as workplace usage and demands continue to evolve. This will be an interesting trend for facility managers to keep an eye on in 2018 because it could drastically change how buildings are managed day to day.
- Setting KPIs for Building Operations: Five Things to Remember
Selecting KPIs to measure operational success is challenging and if you’re overwhelmed with the data, you aren’t alone. Typically, facility managers select too many KPIs to measure and end up even more confused. Too much data can be a bad thing. Instead of measuring everything, you should focus on what is most important to your organizations as well as their goals. With this information, you can choose metrics that will be beneficial to you and your organization. Once you define the right KPIs, you can monitor the data to make smarter and more informed decisions, which will help you proactively manage your facility.
In this blog post, you will find a guide to selecting the right KPIs for your organization as well as tips to setting smart KPIs. Measuring the right data will continue to be critical in 2018 with the many the improvements and changes related to technology and processes that are happening at lightning speed.
- 4 Tips to Optimize mobile for Facility Management
Mobile facility management is now the norm for completing work orders, adding work on the fly, etc. We live in a world where people are always (and expect to be) connect to everything via mobile devices. With new technologies, processes, and trends being introduced to the real estate industry, facility managers can no longer rely on paper or email only to get the job done.
Implementing mobile into your facility management strategy will improve overall building operations. With mobile apps you will be able to streamline routine building inspections, reduce work order response times, and improve your data by collecting and tracking real time information related to your facility management processes. Read this blog to get four tips on how to implement and optimize mobile applications and devices in your facility.
- Three Tips for IT’s Involvement in Real Estate Technology buying
As technology advances, the benefits reach beyond the IT team. New technologies and software programs can no longer live only in the hands of one department, whether that be facility or IT teams. Working as one team, with representation from facilities, operations, IT, and any other teams involved, you can avoid redundancy, better address any security concerns, and successfully project manage the implementation. This blog provides tips on how to involve you IT team in software buying and implementations to make this process successful.
- The Key to Successful Facility Management: Stay Agile
The evolution of the workplace will require companies to improve their facility management processes to meet new and growing expectations, and this includes the software you use. In 2018, you will need a system that will be able to adapt and evolve to support specific goals in your organization. Because expectations are already high, and growing, facility teams can no longer rely on legacy systems and paper based processes. Invest in a system that will allow you organization to be agile.
We featured a guide in this blog that provides information to help you find a new facility management solution that will provide valuable insight into your building operations. With the right software you will improve efficiency, save time, and position yourself for the future by staying agile to the constantly changing environment around you.
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