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22 January 2018
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Includes advice on good facilities management practice and explainer articles, offering a concise summary of topics within the FM sector.


  • Dare to be differentMore than 60,000 people are signed up to Veganuary, so is the the vegan movement becoming a force to be reckoned with Lin Dickens reports 11 September 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Managing your managerWe can often be under the illusion that managers are always right. But, as films such as Horrible Bosses suggest, that isn't always the case, says C-J Green 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
  • Zig's clean sweep at NHS FifeLindsay Childerhouse, marketing lead for Diversey, explains how robot Zighas became a welcome addition to Victoria Hospital's cleaning team 11 September 2017
  • Waste: Clearing up the jargonAn effective waste management policy should increase recycling rates, cut waste to landfill and save money, so understanding the terminology is vital. 11 September 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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