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  • FM contracts - a game of two halves?Former Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman once suggested the Football League should relegate fully half its member clubs every season to eradicate the "fear" of failure. The service sector could do worse than consider how this kind of thinking might work in FM, suggests Martin Read. Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Making a difference as routineTo mark his 100th issue at FM World, Jamie Harris reflects on how he has come to understand and appreciate the FM profession and its impact on the wider world. Monday, March 13, 2017
  • A wider impactValuing our natural world in the same way as other assets may seem a complex business; but just as the idea of BIMs is to see real world use reflected in design, it's logical to work towards a world where our natural capital is coherently costed, writes Martin Read. Monday, March 13, 2017
  • A life less ordinaryNot everyone who works in the FM sector actually aspires to have a career in FM, and managers and leaders need to recognise this, writes Bill Hancox. Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Hospitality trumps customer focusMany organisations believe good hospitality is entirely client-focused, but in reality it requires an organisation to create a pleasant environment for everyone, writes Marcel Groenenboom. Monday, March 13, 2017
  • International Women's Day: today's gender reality in FM and the wider worldMake some noise - it is only then that change happens and we won't have to explain to our daughters why they are getting paid less than their brothers in the future, writes Safron Huntly. Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  • Gender: a better balanceThe security industry is making steady progress to address its gender imbalance, and there are plenty of the initiatives that this sector, as well as the wider FM profession, can learn from, writes Amanda McCloskey. Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  • A flexible approach to the apprenticeship levyLori Douglas is learning and development manager at Landmarc Support Services. Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Life in a 118-year-old buildingEda Wan, a facilities manager at the Institution of Chemical Engineers, on the challenges of FM in a protected building. Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Get hitched or ditch?There's a TV show that uses science to help people find love. Anna Stanton wonders whether FM use a scientific method to help connect clients and service providers? Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • You've got (way too much) mailFor most office workers the business information and communication tool of choice these days is email or smartphone, writes Melissa Cooper. Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • Would you do that at home?Better use of space and collaborative working are becoming the status quo, writes Helen Houssart. Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Certain uncertaintyBrexit uncertainty has, until now, been matched by Brexit stasis, writes Martin Read. But with a deadline in place, it's easy to envisage FM taking a high profile role in the reshaping of the British economy. Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • The hotel or self-catering option?Every organisation is scrutinising its cost base and the continued search for the holy grail of the truly flexible working model is still sought, writes Roger Amos. Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Rise of the IntegratorThirty years ago, organisations directly employed cleaners, security guards and handymen, only turning to contractors for specialist work, writes Colin Kenton. Monday, January 9, 2017
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