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Facilities Management Risk and Compliance training
Risk management training is essential for facilities managers,
contractor supervisors, building owners and others involved in
the management of properties in order to understand their risk
management obligations, and identify effective and practical risk-
This interactive training program is delivered over two days by an
experienced trainer. You will be offered practical guidance to assist in
effectively managing key facilities risk issues, while also considering
the strategic and operational issues.
For more information about PD and training programs, please
visit the FMA webpage: www.fma.com.au/pd-training and
download our 2017 Professional Development Program.
LEGS in FM mentoring program
The Leaders Encouraging Guiding and Supporting in Facility
Management (LEGS in FM) program is a peer-to-peer professional
support program. It provides a tailored, confidential and relevant
platform for FMA members to seek advice on specific issues via a
one-to-one relationship, on a real-time basis.
The aim of this program is to provide ongoing support for
aspiring professionals, with the aim of increasing their professional
effectiveness and efficiency. The intention of this program is not
to equip FM professionals with the technical skills and knowledge
required to fulfil their role, but to further enhance and develop the
broad suite of tacit knowledge and subtleties required to effectively
contribute to their organisation and the FM industry.
This program has been developed by the FMA in concert with Weskay
Consulting, a company that focuses on board and executive leadership.
The full article can be found on page 14.
Sodexo and Harvard University win major grant for
studies in frontline employee health
Sodexo and Harvard University will be looking more closely at the
way that workplace environments can affect employees, having
announced a four-year grant aimed at research on the connection
between the workplace and health outcomes.
A growing body of evidence has linked the work environment
with health effects, and stressful conditions at work such as long
hours and little supervisor support have been associated with
increased risk of cardiovascular disease and depression. These
factors contribute to increased absenteeism and revenue, which
means increased costs for employers.
The first year of the grant will focus on research into Sodexo’s frontline
service workers in Boston to identify influences in the organisation
that can be workably changed. Subsequent years will be dedicated to
improving worker quality of life based on employee response, Sodexo
policy and knowledge about how to improve the health of employees.
You can find the details of this grant on the Sodexo website:
New report highlights the changing role of facilities
Facilities management hasn’t always been valued by business managers,
and the role of an FM isn’t always appreciated. That time is coming to
an end, and modern facilities managers are becoming known for their
impacts and influences in changing and strengthening workplaces and
their cultures, according to a new report. The needs of employees and
employers are starting to change, and office culture is changing with it.
Broader recognition of facilities managers couldn’t come at a better time.
As facilities managers enter a new era, a growing number of new
tasks are becoming part of the role. Influential organisations are
moving away from the label of an FM being someone solely focused
on fulfilling services. In these companies, facilities managers are
entrenched via senior leadership positions, and FMs are becoming
business-oriented professionals, possessing critical new skills in
areas such as:
3 analysing, building and developing network capabilities
3 employee engagement and culture
3 solving and approaching problems based on feedback and
3 analytics and statistics
3 employee satisfaction and branding.
To read the full report, go to servicefutures.com.
Cushman & Wakefield releases findings from 2017 Office
Leasing Trends and Outlook survey
Cushman and Wakefield has surveyed tenant representatives and
landlords active in Australia’s eastern seaboard office markets in
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to cover trends from six sections:
the economy, market fundamentals, demand, recent deal activity,
building attributes and outlook. A few findings from the survey were:
3 A unanimous agreement that the Sydney office market
currently favoured property owners. Results varied in
Melbourne, with occupant representatives swayed towards a
3 It was recognised that affordability was the main
consideration for tenants and that public transport needs to
be at close proximity.
3 Landlords could benefit from looking at their assets objectively
and endorsing the building on its operational efficiencies. This
could entice more tenants in future.
To download the full report, go to:
Winners for the Australian Technologies Competition
The winners of the ATC16 were selected on their ‘global potential’
and the probability of taking Australian innovations to global markets.
It was a great day of celebrating technologies across all of the key
sectors for Australia, with some amazing technology companies
emerging as winners.
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