You can benefit from networking with other facilities managers
If you have a wealth of experience in facilities management, you've no doubt built up a deep collection of ideas about how best to go about space management. There's no better way to learn than the hands-on approach, and over the years, you've probably built up a great deal of knowledge about how to manage space, maximize productivity and keep costs down.
That doesn't mean you can't benefit from getting out there and soaking up some advice from others.
One of the most important things you can do as a facilities manager is network with other people in your profession and absorb their wisdom. Because you work in such a specialized field, you likely don't come across like-minded professionals on a daily basis - not a lot of office buildings have dozens of facilities managers wandering through the hallways.
On the contrary, if you want to network with other FMs, you have to actively seek them out.
The International Facility Management Association recommends doing just that. According to a recent IFMA article, you could greatly benefit from going to a conference or meeting and making professional connections. IFMA fellow Mark Sekula points out that even busy FMs with hectic family lives make an effort to stay involved.
"Many of them are the same age as you with two kids, a mortgage and the same amount of time - maybe less," Sekula stated. "How do they find the time? Here's an idea. Go to a meeting and ask one of them. But don't ask them how they find the time. Instead ask them why they make the time to attend chapter meetings or to join a committee."
You'll find out there are many reasons to network with facility managers. To name just a few:
Discovering new trade secrets
Broadening your perspective
Everyone in the professional world is networking these days. They do it in the office, on the Web and at corporate gatherings. Facilities managers should be no different.