This is the third Facilitate to be produced entirely during lockdown. We’d just signed off on our April issue when the call came to go home, so while subsequent magazines have been posted out to us, only our readers have seen the April 2020 edition in print. And some of you may have not had the usual time or opportunity to pick it up.
To illustrate our feature theme – FM in distribution and logistics – we’d mocked up the cover as a typical cardboard parcel. But we’d also placed a little ‘Easter egg’ on it: anyone scanning the QR code we’d put on to make the parcel effect more realistic will have been taken to a story on the Facilitate web site entitled ‘What does THIS do’? In celebration of naturally inquisitive FMs’. Every day, we wrote, IWFM members demand answers to myriad questions on behalf of those they serve. “It’s in your very nature. And the fact that you’re reading this proves it.”
I mention this for two reasons. First, because that natural inquisitiveness has surely been put to the sternest of tests over these past weeks with workplace managers assessing how temporary or potentially permanent measures to the workspace can be accommodated. Entirely new traffic flows, compliance considerations and resource allocations have had to be examined, with FMs asking themselves “how will this affect that? “What is this going to cost?” and “what effect will this have?”
The shift towards recovery and return is revealing so much about this profession to others. Workplace managers’ ability to question a course of action, to ensure provision of maximum support to anxious workers returning to the workplace, is innate. Virus or no virus, you do this work every day, juggling the problems of the present with your workplace plans for the future. What’s changed is that your ‘how will this affect that?’ mindset is in higher demand; here’s hoping that this demand will prove permanent.
The second reason is that, as mentioned, we’d created a special web story. So, speaking of web sites – yep, shameless plug ahoy – I am duty bound to advise that Facilitate has a shiny new one, and that you are most welcome to visit. It offer us huge opportunities for the future, but in the first instance we think you’ll find it a site easier to navigate and read. See you online.