In the middle of last decade - the Teenies - many thought the idea of artificial intelligence was over the top, fantastical, and would not gain wider currency, but now it is predicted to be one of the dominant trends of the year and the next 10 years.
It shows how much can change within only a few years.
Facilities management has been on a journey of growth and expansion since it first gained professional acceptance in the 1980s as the job that encompassed an array of workplace maintenance tasks.
Its focus and priorities are very different now than they were three decades ago. In the past 10 years, the profession has been defining its own identity and seeking respect and recognition from its peers by focusing on and communicating the purpose it serves. As society changes, FM has had to adapt and expand.
In the 2020s, some sources predict a focus on greater flexible working, paid time off, practical uses of AI, and companies having to rethink how they attract talent as businesses offer more wellness perks to employees.
So, now we ask you what you think will be the most pressing issue/s for the facilities management profession in this decade? Join our debate.
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