Happy New Year! As you settle back into routine, consider adding a few facilities management blogs to your list of morning reading material. Building up the blocks of your FM knowledge is a critical part of working in this demanding industry. It's in your best interest habitually be seeking out new information to better your expertise, and there's plenty of that information out there. However, it's not all exactly interesting or honestly even worth your time. We've rounded-up eight of our favorite FM blogs, that won't put you back to sleep before your morning coffee.
1) IFMA Blog FMJ
For IFMA members, the monthly Facility Management Journal subscription is a fascinating read, however every FM may not have access to those articles. Blog FMJ is a cost-effective way to get the bulk ideas from the articles written in the paid version of the subscription. From reducing corporate real estate costs to why maintenance specialists are worth the investment, you're sure to enjoy what you learn from Blog FMJ.
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2) Facility Executive (Today's Facility Manager)
On January 1st of this year, Today's Facility Manager became Facility Executive. Since 2005 their FacilityBlog has been bringing FMs breaking news and related content daily, and they note on their website as being the first blog specifically for FM! This blog is also easy to navigate through their sections list. You can go right to their Friday Funny or Question of the Week with one click.
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Now, you're probably thinking that the Inc. blog isn't just for FMs, which is true. However, their daily articles are packed with business tips, the latest research on office design and productivity, and tips to keep your employees engaged. They also focus many of their articles on the Millennial generation and how our idea of "offices" will change in the near future. It's definitely an effective learning tool that FMs can use to stay one step ahead by applying what they've read to daily responsibilities at the office.
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4) The iOFFICE Blog
As an IWMS provider, we do offer articles on implementation, training and the tedious selection of FM software, but our blog is so much more than that! The majority of our articles cover industry news, trends in workplace management and office communication strategies. Join our daily or weekly newsletter, and be sure to let us know which topics you would like to see more of in the future, and any new topics we haven't covered.
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Showcasing the tagline "smarter facilities management", their blog certainly does provide smarter resources. Collaborated especially for FMs and commercial building operators this diverse website features everything from building safety to seasonal maintenance. Have questions on everything from snow removal to keeping your hallway lighting economical, they completely understand the ins and outs of building maintenance. They've also been in operation since 1906, and have probably seen everything there is to see. Buildings is certainly one of the blogs you should keep on your regular radar.
6) Hard Hat Hub (now BuiltWorlds)
This company pairs construction and FM professionals with fitting job opportunities, but their blog is perfect even for those not looking to update their resumes. Posting about once per day, Hard Hat Hub articles cover property management challenges and solutions along with industry job outlooks for each industry. Definitely a must-read for anyone looking to strengthen their career and overall facilities management expertise. Share them with your colleagues who are in the market for a new job opportunity! They're sure to find a few promising options here.
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7) Workplace Insight
Over 1,000 new visitors per day view the Workplace Insight blog. It is the most widely read publication dedicated to the design and management of workplaces in the UK. Even for facilities managers based in the U.S., this blog offers a variety of useful topics. They also partnered with Occupiers Journal for the newsletter, Work & Place. Which offers a wide range of thought leadership pieces from industry experts in both FM and CRE. This is definitely one to have bookmarked in your browser.
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