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Article Topics

We accept timely and relevant articles to all things relevant to facility management and the industries that service facility managers:

Communication

Competency 1. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee the
development and use of the facility communications plan.
Performances
1. Develop and implement a facility management communication
plan (messages, reminders, vision and mission).
2. Select the situation-appropriate media and techniques for
communicating with stakeholders.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to prepare and deliver messages
that achieve the intended result.
Performances
1. Promote facility management information and recommendations to
internal and external stakeholders (facility staff, public, senior
management, customers, boards of directors and so forth).
2. Prepare reports for stakeholders (facility staff, public, senior
management, customers, boards of directors and so forth).
3. Manage/oversee stakeholder perceptions and expectations.

Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity

Competency 1. The competent facility manager is able to plan, manage/oversee
and support the entire organization’s emergency preparedness
program.
Performances
1. Develop a risk management plan.
2. Develop emergency management plans and procedures.
3. Assist in the design of simulations or exercises to test the
emergency management and business continuity plans.
4. Manage/oversee the execution of simulations or exercises to test the
plans.
5. Secure technology systems and services.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to plan, manage/oversee
and support the entire organization’s business continuity
program.
Performance
1. Develop a business continuity plan.

Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Competency 1. The competent facility manager is able to plan, manage/oversee and
support the entire organization’s commitment to protecting the
environment.
Performances
1. Manage/oversee the built environment.
2. Manage, oversee and safeguard the natural environment.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee the entire
organization’s commitment to the sustainability of the built and natural
environments.
Performances
1. Develop and direct sustainability programs.
2. Provide data to support facility evaluation.
3. Evaluate and manage/oversee the asset life cycle process.

Finance and Business

Competency 1. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee the financial
management of the facility organization.
Performances
1. Develop, recommend and manage/oversee the facility’s budget
requirements (expense/operational, capital).
2. Prepare business cases, supporting documentation and
financial reports.
3. Analyze and interpret financial documents (budget, financial statements, ratios
and so forth).
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to administer and manage/oversee
the finances associated with contracts.
Performances
1. Develop and manage/oversee contracts.
2. Administer contracts (implementation and monitoring).
3. Analyze and interpret financial contract elements (lease agreements,
service contracts, cost statements and so forth).
4. Resolve vendor conflicts.
Competency 3. The competent facility manager is able to administer procurement
and chargeback procedures.
Performances
1. Administer procurement procedures (for outsourcing, products, services,
contractors, designers, whole buildings and so forth).
2. Define, justify and apply chargeback procedures.

Human Factors

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to develop and implement
practices that support the performance and goals of the entire
organization.
Performances
1. Manage/oversee the work environment to support staffing,
recruitment, retention, motivation and productivity.
2. Create an environment conducive to innovation (investigate trends,
conduct pilot tests).
3. Provide a healthful and safe environment.
4. Provide security that meets the facilities’ needs (physical, site
security, access control, information).
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to develop and implement
practices that support the performance of the facility organization.
Performances
1. Provide personal and professional growth and development
opportunities (coaching, mentoring, training, education, career paths).
2. Encourage diversity.
3. Utilize a performance appraisal system (goal setting,
performance monitoring, evaluation).

Leadership and Strategy

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to lead the facility
organization.
Performances
1. Lead, inspire, and influence the facility organization, search for best
practices, manage change, promote continuous improvement, and
provide tools.
2. Advocate for facility management needs and priorities.
3. Develop, implement, and evaluate policies, procedures, and practices
for the facility organization.
4. Clarify and communicate responsibilities and
accountabilities.
5. Resolve conflicts (organization, personnel).
6. Organize and staff the facility organization.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to provide leadership to the
entire organization.
Performances
1. Promote, encourage, and adhere to a code of conduct.
2. Develop and manage/oversee relationships (supplier,
community, government, tenants, business partners,
occupants).
3. Ensure compliance with the organization’s social
responsibility policies.
Competency 3. The competent facility manager is able to plan strategically.
Performances
1. Align the facility’s strategic requirements with the entire
organization’s requirements.
2. Develop and implement a strategic planning process.
3. Assess what services are needed to meet organizational (business)
requirements.

Operations & Maintenance

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to assess the condition of the
facility.
Performances
1. Manage/oversee the assessment of building systems’ condition.
2. Assess the condition of the facility structure.
3. Assess the condition of the facility interiors.
4. Assess the condition of the facility exteriors.
5. Assess the condition of the facility’s grounds.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee facility
operations and maintenance activities.
Performances
1. Manage/oversee the acquisition of building systems and structural,
interior, exterior and grounds elements.
2. Manage/oversee the installation of building systems and structural,
interior, exterior and grounds elements.
3. Manage/oversee the operation of building systems and structural,
interior, exterior and grounds elements.
4. Manage/oversee the maintenance of building systems, structural
elements, interiors, exteriors and grounds.
5. Manage/oversee the disposal/disposition of building systems
and structural, interior, exterior and grounds elements.
Competency 3. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee occupant
services (parking, janitorial services, food services, concierge, facility
helpdesk, security and safety).
Performances
1. Identify required occupant services.
2. Decide/recommend the most appropriate way to provide occupant
services (outsource, in-source),
3. Manage/oversee the modifications to building systems, structural
elements, interiors, exteriors and grounds.
4. Monitor the performance of service providers.
Competency 4. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee the
maintenance contracting process.
Performances
1. Develop maintenance contract specifications.
2. Assure competent maintenance contractors are selected.
3. Negotiate service level agreements.
4. Monitor maintenance contractors’ work.
5. Resolve contract disputes.
Competency 5. The competent facility manager is able to develop, recommend and
manage/oversee the facility’s operational planning requirements
(temperature control, lighting, equipment replacement and so forth).
Performances
1. Develop policies and guidelines related to usage and
maintenance.
2. Determine life cycle costs.
3. Monitor the usage and performance of all facility systems, equipment
and grounds.
4. Monitor occupant satisfaction.

Project Management

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to plan projects.
Performances
1. Define and program projects (purpose, size, scope, schedule,
budget and user needs).
2. Plan projects (resources, schedule and sequence).
3. Develop contract specifications and solicitations.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee projects.
Performances
1. Administer contracts (implement, monitor service level).
2. Manage/oversee projects (construction, relocation,
renovation, organizational

Quality

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to develop and manage/oversee
the creation and application of standards for the facility organization.
Performances
1. Develop, review and compare performance metrics for facility
management services (benchmarking, measuring observable
behaviors, service response, resolution times and so forth).
2. Establish key performance indicators.
3. Establish and maintain specifications (materials, equipment, furniture,
finishes, fixtures, design criteria).
4. Develop, implement and monitor best value practices.
5. Develop customer service level agreements.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to measure the quality of services
provided.
Performances
1. Monitor customer satisfaction and service delivery
performance and provide feedback to customers.
2. Collect, verify, analyze and report facility management data from
various sources (space plans, customer satisfaction, feedback
mechanisms).
3. Collect and verify, analyze and report internal facility
management data (utilities, work orders, work history).
4. Conduct assessment of third party providers (suppliers,
contractors, consultants).
Competency 3. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee the
improvement of work processes.
Performances
1. Assess ways to improve workplace productivity.
2. Develop and implement process improvements.
Competency 4. The competent facility manager is able to ensure and monitor compliance
with codes, regulations, policies and standards.
Performances
1. Audit and document compliance with codes, regulations, policies
and standards.
2. Ensure compliance with codes, regulations, policies and standards.

Real Estate & Property Management

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to develop and
implement the real estate master plan.
Performances
1. Develop and implement a real estate master plan.
Competency 2. The competent facility manager is able to manage/oversee real estate
assets.
Performances
1. Determine and evaluate real estate requirements (space utilization,
management, highest and best use).
2. Acquire and dispose of real estate (commercial, institutional, industrial,
residential, leased and owned).
3. Manage/oversee the real estate portfolio (owned, leased, subleased,
co-owned and contract managed).
4. Prepare and administer the service charge budget and allocate
among co-owners or tenants

Technology

Compentency 1. The competent facility manager is able to plan, direct and
manage/oversee facility management business and operational
technologies.
Performances
1. Monitor and evaluate technology trends and innovation.
2. Conduct assessments and/or collaborate on facility
management technology needs analysis.
3. Align facility management technology with organizational
information technology.
4. Assess the application of technology within facility
operations.
5. Evaluate, implement and operate integrated workplace management
systems (IWMS – combining CAFM, CMMS and BAS).

 

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