13 May 2014
Professional bodies the BIFM and the CIPD are to join forces to launch a number of projects examining the connection between people and place, delegates at Think FM heard this afternoon.
The BIFM announced that it will collaborate with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development.
Both bodies will work on a number of research and insight projects over the coming months that will investigate how both communities of professionals are evolving and adapting to the changing workplace.
Gareth Tancred, chief executive of the BIFM, said: "There have been numerous conversations about the evolution of the workplace but we wanted to make sure that the views of these two vital communities of professionals are brought together.
"We want them to share their thinking and work together to bridge the gap between people and place as we aim to add to the next instalment of the workplace's evolution."
Tancred added that working with the CIPD forms part of BIFM's strategy of "bringing the right people from outside of the FM profession to analyse, debate and challenge the latest thinking that impacts on the world of business, the economy and wider society".
Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, said: "The very nature of work is changing .The physical workplace is one of many factors in modern management and work that needs to adapt, with business leaders needing to continually innovate and challenge conventional wisdom about what drives performance and engagement."
The two organisations have a roundtable planned n the coming weeks as well as other discussions that aim to draw views from HR and FM professionals on the challenges in changing a workplace.