Hiring facilities maintenance professionals for the future
Between now and 2020, the number of facilities management positions are expected to increase 15 percent,according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hiring is on the rise across the United States as the economy recovers, which means employers will need to accommodate growing workforces as well.
New facilities maintenance positions that are created in upcoming expansion plans might be reserved for individuals that possess both technical expertise and soft skills that are preferred by organizational leaders, according to Facilities Net.
Steve Plaxco, director of maintenance and facilities with the Yuba City Unified School District in California, told the source that hiring decisions may not be based on technical skills as much as they were in the past. Rather, customer service experience is becoming a more important differentiator for candidates, Plaxco asserted.
In addition to soft skills like work ethic and reliability, FMs may also need to gain experience using technological platforms like integrated workplace management systems (IWMS). Web-based applications are being adopted by companies that want to streamline processes and help their facilities teams become even more effective, as they can access real-time information about assets, space utilization and security updates in order to make the smartest decisions.