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22 October 2016
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Risk management

Articles on business continuity, governance, health & safety


  • Don't take an insurance hit on empty premisesA failure to take rigorous measures to secure vulnerable vacant property could also imperil your company's coffers, as Guy Other of Orbis explains 12/10/2016
  • Women feel forced to look 'sexier' in the workplaceLarge numbers of women feel their employer has unfairly criticised their appearance in the workplace, with nearly one in five (19 per cent) saying they felt more attention was paid to their appearance by their bosses than to their male peers, according to a survey by a law firm. 23/09/2016
  • First principles: History of FMBefore the BIFM there was the AFM the Association of Facilities Managers. That organisation's last chairman, Geoff Gidley, played a key role in the merger of the AFM with the Institute of Facilities Management (IFM) to form today's BIFM. Here, in the BIFM's 20th year, Gidley talks to his successor and the combined institute's first chairman, Marilyn Standley, about the institute's earliest days. 22/09/2016
  • History of FM: Pro-motionIn 1991, more than 90 IBM employees bought out the company's FM division. The resulting business, Procord, went on to blaze a trail in outsourced FM provision before being acquired by Johnson Controls in 1994. In this interview, Leigh Carter talks to David Burnett and Ian Mills, two of the people who made the move from IBM to Procord and who became instrumental in the service contractor's subsequent success. 22/09/2016
  • We can work it outOrganisations are continuously searching for ways to boost workplace wellbeing. Jamie Harris finds that introducing a gym into the workplace poses a mix of challenges. 22/09/2016
  • The flame gameNot all fires are accidental, and the risk posed by arsonists - those who set fires out of sheer malice - needs to be managed. 22/09/2016
  • Get a grip!Slips and trips are an ongoing issue for facilities managers, especially if the weather is bad. Trevor Horsley has advice on providing, maintaining and managing flooring to reduce the risks. 22/09/2016
  • Going viralThe threat of Legionnaires' disease is well known, but that hasn't led to a drop in the number of outbreaks. Sue Sharp examines the reasons why. 22/09/2016
  • Risky businessBernard Williams argues that a risk-based approach to FM can reveal its importance as a function to the wider business. 22/09/2016
  • Beyond the Bale?Using the example of star footballer Gareth Bale, Bernard Williams explains how to make a case for expensive capital expenditure for facilities improvements. 22/09/2016
  • Inside informationImprovements in technology have made it easier than ever to commit industrial espionage. Richard Wright examines the FM's role in responding to this growing threat. 22/09/2016
  • Open to the floorHow effectively does the open-plan office promote concentration, creativity and effient working? Nick Martindale challenges the accepted wisdom that dictates the shape and nature of office working today. 22/09/2016
  • The green premiumHow much value do sustainability improvements bring to a property? Elisabeth Jeffries looks at the numbers behind the 'green wash'. 22/09/2016
  • Bowled overSpace constraints and a demanding stewarding schedule make life interesting for James Wagg and the OCS contract team at London's famous Kia Oval cricket ground. Martin Read reports. 22/09/2016
  • Friend or foe?So then is loyalty between clients and providers dead, as recently claimed? Kevin Stanley analyses how organisations are working to bridge the gap in trust. 22/09/2016
  • World classGlobalisation is having a profound effect. Here, Tony Angel sets out a template for organisations thinking about procuring their FM requirement across multiple territories. 22/09/2016
  • Outside the boxImprovements in storage are increasing the quality of our workplaces from incorporating plants to integrating waste bins and electronic equipment. It's all part of the ongoing battle between commercial efficiency and personal well-being. 22/09/2016
  • Problems you can't affordIn part three of his 'how to' mini-series, Bernard Williams explains the power of justifying facilities investment through risk appraisal. 22/09/2016
  • Know your rightsAnti-fracking protests and Occupy camps have spelled trouble for neighbouring businesses. But when it comes to commerce versus freedom of expression, which will win? Here's how the law decides. 22/09/2016
  • Guide sets out core sustainability aims for property managersA core set of sustainability provisions forming the foundation of how sustainability is incorporated into any property management service offering have been launched. 22/09/2016
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