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07 November 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal 


With the clocks turned back and the year’s end in sight, it’s an appropriate time to take stock, step back and ask: What do others think of the work we do?


Much has changed in the world of workplace and facilities management – or at least, we like to think it has. But do others concur? Are you getting more appreciation, more respect?

Many say that our profession’s future lies in changing the way it's perceived by others. Consensus suggests we can achieve this by demonstrating just how valuable FM is to an organisation's strategic goals. 

So is this happening? What do people you work with *really* think of the workplace and facilities management department? Are perceptions genuinely changing out there? And is it just your colleagues in HR, finance, marketing and ops – or people from other organisations, too?

And the million pound question: What do we need to do?

  • Definitely, perceptions are changing - we’re being treated seriously
  • No, we’re still just bogs and boilers to everyone else
  • Perhaps, but I wouldn’t call it a revolution

Complete the survey here

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