6 May 2015 | Peter Brogan
There are two major events coming up rather shortly and they are ThinkFM and, of course, the UK general election.
Both these events have one underlying common theme - to make you think about change and the impact it can have not only on your working environment but everyday life.
When I hear the word change it instantly reminds me of the book Who Moved My Cheese?, a tale of two mice and two humans who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese. Reactions vary from quick adjustment to waiting for the situation to change by itself to suit their needs. This story is about adjusting attitudes towards change in life, especially at work. Change occurs whether a person is ready or not, but the book affirms that it can be positive.
The principles are to anticipate change, let go of the old, and do what you would do if you were not afraid. However, you are still left with questions about making your own specific personal changes.
Changes have taken place within the BIFM Research and Information team. For one, the team didn't exist a year ago, but over the course of the last 12 months we have been focused on creating a team that can deliver on one of BIFM's core strategic ambitions of being the voice of the facilities management profession.
During that time we have been reviewing the support materials that we provide our members and the wider FM/business community, but one of the major changes has been the amount of original research we produce.
In the coming months we will be seeing the launch of our FM Business Confidence Monitor, the conclusion of the current phase of The Workplace Conversation and the launch of the latest findings from our Sustainability Survey. All of which are aimed at helping FM professionals understand latest trends and challenges and provide some inspiration on how they might be navigated.
Changes are certainly happening within the world of FM and research and information plays a vital role ensuring that BIFM delivers on its purpose of being the professional body that truly represents the FM profession.
What we produce may not help you in making a choice at the election (at least we don't think it will); we do hope that the outputs can help you make some choices when assessing the changing nature of the work we, as a profession, do.
Peter Brogan is Research and Information Manager at BIFM