The FM sector is not taking a strategic approach or enough specific action to address its responsibilities to the wellbeing of individuals and the planet as a whole, according to research by Vinci.
In its latest white paper report, Vinci Facilities asked more than 200 industry decision-makers how far their organisations have progressed in developing a coherent strategy for personal and environmental wellbeing.
Organisations tend to focus on easy ‘quick wins’ and although implementing wellbeing and environmental initiatives produces many of the expected benefits – including improved staff morale, reduced operating costs and a boost to reputation – the absence of a strategic approach means progress has been erratic.
The research shows that actions tend to be piecemeal, reducing their effectiveness and impact, and undermined by a lack of senior management buy-in, inconsistent stakeholder engagement, and hence insufficient grassroots support.
The white paper echoes the findings highlighted by workplace research undertaken by the Leesman Index and themes explored in the Edelman annual trust survey as well as data from the World Economic Forum.
Victoria Hughes, Vinci Facilities’ director for business responsibility, said: “No one said it is easy and some good work is being done, but the FM industry as a whole could do better, by sharing data, experience and best practice. Individual organisations too often find themselves reinventing the wheel because benchmarking and other data are lacking. Poor evaluation means opportunities are missed because vital connections are not being made – between the cost of an environmental scheme and savings in recruitment and retention, for example.
“Ideally, a strategic approach needs to be adopted rather than the piecemeal one we see now with too many quick wins and no long-term vision. FM is brilliantly placed to help improve individual wellbeing and that of the environment as a whole because of the holistic nature of the work the sector delivers day-in-day-out. That strategy should be linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”