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18 November 2017
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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and explainer articles, offering a concise summary of topics within the FM sector.

 

  • Dressing for successUniforms are an important tool for FMs to use to demonstrate and enhance their brand. A smart staff uniform shows pride in the company and the job at hand, however, dressing wide-ranging teams with many job roles can be a challenge, says Paul Farrell 11 September 2017
  • Learning on the jobStudying while working is becoming increasingly popular within facilities management. Ashraf Patel and Danny Malyon both from the Sainsbury's FM team tell Jamie Harris about what drove them to undertake BIFM Level 7 qualifications and how it spices up their day jobs 11 September 2017
  • Prevention is better than cureKarl Walker explains how cognitive computing lets FMs use it to make informed decisions about how to optimise the experience of occupants, staff and management while minimising energy waste 11 September 2017
  • Safety on tapEnsuring that drinking water equipment is safe requires a high-quality system complemented by a stringent sanitisation regime, says Jason Saville 11 September 2017
  • Mobilisation how does it work?A poorly executed mobilisation generates serious problems down the line. So what makes one better than another? Mark Newell explains 11 September 2017
  • Stop press: How to improve FM communications through newslettersSometimes an all-staff email won't cut it. These days, internal newsletters are used to share a mix of practical and more personal information in an engaging format. Here, Jamie Harris spoke with two estates teams at Manchester Metropolitan University and LSE about how they craft internal newsletters for the benefit of those working and studying on site 07 August 2017
  • Starting agile working: 5 top slip-upsThere are five common mistakes that organisations make when introducing agile working. Here, Karen Plum outlines these missteps and explains how to avoid them 07 August 2017
  • What's the difference between smoke and fire dampers?Smoke and fire dampers serve the same purpose as any smoke control equipment: they facilitate the escape of building occupants and allow easier firefighter access. Which is to say, they save lives and protect property by ensuring a building's HVAC system circulates air when it needs to, and doesn't circulate fire and smoke if a blaze starts. That means their maintenance is of the utmost importance. 07 August 2017
  • Unisex bathrooms: what FMs need to knowUnisex bathrooms have been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. Although they have often faced opposition, they are likely to become more common. So what are the implications from an FM perspective? 07 August 2017
  • The variable way to pump efficiencyControl of energy consumption comes in many forms, not least through the deployment of effective water pumping systems. Here, Richard Sharp, general manager at Xylem, explains how variable speed pumping systems can have advantages that can add up over time. 10 July 2017
  • 5 ways to salvage FM knowledge lost through turnoverFacilities managers are receptacles of knowledge about their estates, so a succession plan must be put in place, says Jay Pearlman. 10 July 2017
  • A whistle-stop guide to year-round pest preventionA proactive pest prevention plan will guard against unforecast spend, reputational damage and operational downtime, says Mark Williams of Ecolab. Here, he outlines seasonal trends in pest activity. 10 July 2017
  • Common causes of lift electrical failureLifts can pose a serious threat to life if not managed and checked correctly. Liftstore Ltd's Gary Morgan shares two stories of electrical interference in elevator systems, highlighting prevalent issues. 10 July 2017
  • Fuel for thoughtFor many organisations the storage of fuel presents unique challenges that are often logistically complex and highly time-sensitive. Kurt Wachter of Adler and Allan explains what FMs should keep in mind. 06 June 2017
  • Out of the darknessWith the phasing out of inefficient lamps, there's never been a better time to investigate next-generation lighting, says Tamlite Lighting's Colin Lawson. 06 June 2017
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