World FM Day: 6 Ways to Show Facilities Teams Appreciation

Jessica Gopalakrishnan| May 15, 2018

Global FM calls World FM Day, a day that “provides an opportunity for global knowledge sharing, to discuss and share experiences, to promote the profession, and to celebrate our success.”

Like it was last year, the theme for World FM Day this year is “Enabling Positive Experiences.

So, to make sure you celebrate World FM Day the right way, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you enable positive experiences for yourself and your team. After all, what better place is there to start enabling positive experiences than within your own team?

1. Get Inspired by Colleagues and Peers

Last year, to celebrate World FM Day, BIFM called for facility managers in all sectors to submit case studies detailing a positive experience that their team enabled. Have your team read through any of these case studies that sound interesting.

If there’s a case study in particular that resonates strongly with your team, open a discussion about how your team could do something similar.

2. Schedule Time to Recharge

In late December, we published a year-end post for facility managers to wrap up 2017 and look forward to 2018.One way we suggested wrapping up 2017 was for you and your team to take some time off and recharge.

But work orders pile up, emergencies happen, your vacation planning falls by the wayside and all of a sudden you’re halfway through the year. Take this World FM Day to hit the reset button so you’re ready to make a strong push during the second half of the year.

3. Organize an FM Shadowing Day

Arrange with your boss and human resources to set up a facilities management shadowing day. If you can’t do it during World FM Day, set it up for another time by inviting colleagues from other departments in your organization.

This is a great way to show other departments the vital role that facility managers play in enabling positive experiences for everyone in the organization. For more tips on setting up an FM shadowing day, consult the BIFM 2018 Support Pack.

4. Invite your team out to lunch or happy hour

Take the time to show appreciation to your team with lunch or a happy hour. Plus, you can use this time to have everyone on the team share a story about the funniest thing they’ve ever experienced in facility management.

5. Enjoy 5 Days of FM Gratitude

The International Facilities Management Association(IFMA) has several discounts and free offers to celebrate during the week of World FM Day.

Among other things, you can take advantage of a Knowledge Pass to access the top 10 most-downloaded Knowledge Pass content pieces for free. But act fast because the pass is only good from May 14 to May 18!

6. Review Your 2018 Goals and Celebrate Your Successes

Look back on the first five months of 2018 and review what you’ve accomplished. Highlight the times you and your team enabled positive experiences, even if they were small. Recognize team members who went out of their way to make these experiences happen.

Also, have everyone jot down a few of the organization’s goals, as they see them, to confirm what you’d like to achieve before the end of the year. If everyone has different goals, take the time to talk it out amongst the team and establish clear priorities for the rest of the year.

The Positive Experiences Don’t End When World FM Day Does

As important as it is to recognize facility management’s impact on every sector, from retail and manufacturing to healthcare and education, it’s equally important to learn how to keep pushing the profession forward.

As you look back on your achievements so far this year, think about how you can ensure your organization’s success for the long-term.

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About the author

Jessica Gopalakrishnan Director of Demand Generation, ARC

Jessica Gopalakrishnan is the director of demand generation marketing at ARC. Her expertise lies in educating, inspiring and transforming how we view technology and brands. For over a decade, she has shared innovative solutions with diverse audiences in SaaS/software, including Excite, Cisco Systems and Turnitin.