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Read in-depth facilties management features, interviews with leading figures, round table reports and building case studies.

 

  • Activity-based pros and cons'Activity-based' offices offer more flexibility in workstyle choice, but they also require managers capable of imposing strong user discipline if they're to be truly effective as research at the Center for People and Buildings, Delft University of Technology, has found. 21 September 2015
  • Standing the test of timeSit-stand desks seem to have come from nowhere, but are now associated with a campaign to Get Britain Standing and a growing narrative seeking to rid the UK workforce of sedentary working. Added benefits, claim those in favour, include increased productivity and improved employee wellbeing. But what are they like in practice? 14 September 2015
  • The social contractSince the passing of the Public Services (Social Value) Act requiring public authorities to incorporate economic, social and environmental wellbeing into services contracts, FM providers are doing more to get involved with local communities. Elisabeth Jeffries reports. 10 September 2015
  • Getting with the programmeSky's facilities management team is working to match the 'Believe in Better' slogan in the way it works on behalf of the company's employees, as Jamie Harris reports. 18 August 2015
  • Simply the guestChiswick Park in West London continues to win awards for the way its estates management team focuses solely on the needs of 'guests'. Today, 10 years after FM World's first visit, what impresses is how the team is helping workers take control of their lives beyond the workplace, as Martin Read reports. 16 July 2015
  • Healthy alternativesHealth secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to undergo a 'technology revolution'. Here, a research report by Prof Ilfryn Price of Sheffield Hallam University and Sarah Tobin, property asset manager at Fulcrum presented at the recent EuroFM research symposium looks at what health-related services delivered remotely from hospitals might mean for future NHS estate facilities and their management. 06 July 2015
  • Up for the cupCoffee and its consumption is a social activity that's driving a fundamental shift in the relationship between contract caterers and their clients, not least through the integration of premium grade high street coffee shop experiences into the workplace. Martin Read writes this beverage report. 01 July 2015
  • Health and efficiencyThe promise of greater workplace productivity can be even more alluring to companies than a few kilowatts saved by streamlining a building's energy efficiency. Happily, says commercial property and energy consultant Andrew Cooper, the two can go hand in hand. 18 June 2015
  • FM's changing demographicsThe stereotype of a facilities manager male, aged 40 to 60, from a trade or M&E background no longer rings true, as our survey demonstrates. 20 May 2015
  • Gradual growth in pay ratesWhile the variety has increased, the number of FMs completing our 2015 salary survey has remained stable as have the rates at which their levels of pay have risen. 20 May 2015
  • Switching employersWhen weighing up whether to stay with an employer or strike out elsewhere, facilities managers are increasingly likely to rank their desire to challenge themselves ahead of the size of their pay and bonus packages. 20 May 2015
  • FM World Salary Survey 2015This year's FM World Salary Survey involves a wider variety of facilities managers and a more even spread of FM employment types. And more importantly, as we report later in the magazine, there are signs of an increasingly dynamic employment market. 20 May 2015
  • Broadening horizonsWhether it's a move from in-house to outsourced provider, or to a position based outside of the UK, facilities managers considering such potentially career-defining moves must prepare for the leap they're taking. Kevin Stanley reports. 18 May 2015
  • Influencing the experienceManaging the services and processes that support the core business of an organisation gives FMs an 'inside out' perspective one used all too rarely to inform that organisation's site development strategy. Nick Martindale reports. 07 May 2015
  • Starting small thinking bigCan FM be used as a transformation catalyst? That was the question raised on a project to procure a total FM contract for the London boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. Steve McDowell and David Cartwright of Comet Advisory explain. 07 May 2015
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