12 May 2017 | Martin Read
As part of FM World's World FM Day event, research has brought up identifiable patterns of progress and concerns in FM environments across a number of different countries and regions, writes Martin Read.
Ahead of the actual event on 17th May, might I take this chance to wish you all a happy World FM Day? (Before you ask, yes, it is a tad earlier this year.) You’ll find reported elsewhere our grand plan to speak to FM professionals from around the globe in order to take the temperature of the profession in 2017. Also, as part of this project we’ll also be running a live broadcast on World FM Day itself in which you'll be able to hear our guests explain the state of FM in their regions. Tune in for what promises to be an entertaining hour.
Thus far the exercise has thrown up a variety of influencing factors in both established and emerging markets. The UK and US may have been in the vanguard when establishing FM as a profession back in the 1980s, but it's clear that in 2017 those who practise facilities management in international markets the world over face similar challenges, and to a remarkable degree.
That said, markets in the younger and faster-growing economies point to particularly significant changes to how FM is practised having occurred over an extraordinarily short period of time, with in many cases the catalysts for such changes including fundamental macro-economic government reform - something likely to lead to the market for FM becoming more similar in structure to that seen in mature economies.
So while there are a number of notable innovations, what we're seeing are identifiable patterns of progress from countries following a familiar in-house to outsourced provider path, as well as the sharing of many other common concerns.
Of course, it can only help if there is greater international consistency of operation for what remains a very young profession by comparison to any other 'department of empowerment'. In fact, if anything the world of FM feels even younger to us now that we've spoken to so many people at so many differing points of professional development. Without exception our correspondents all spoke of the value of more networking and the dissemination of best practice. Because ultimately, good FM is all about communication. Happy World FM Day!
Martin Read is editor of FM World