7 Websites Facilities Managers Need to Bookmark
FacilitiesNet offers content from two different publications: the Building Operations Management Association and Facilities Maintenance Decisions. Between them, you’ll find articles on everything from ADA compliance to grounds management, elevators to windows. Educational webcasts can also keep you up-to-date on topics like infection control, energy management and OSHA compliance. If you sign up for a membership with FacilitiesNet, you can also view job openings and salary comparisons, sorted by education level, company budget or facility size.
FMLink also aggregates news from a variety of sources, including IFMA’s official magazine FMJ. Articles are sorted by categories such as furnishings and interiors, maintenance and operations, sustainability and planning. You can also search building category—data center, educational, hotels/hospitality, etc.—to find stories relevant to each type. If you’d like to advance your career with learning opportunities in the real world, the website also posts an extensive list of FM-related events and conferences taking place around the world.
If you want some of the latest insight on design and productivity, this online magazine has a lot to offer. WorkDesign focuses on how design, productivity and business all interact. Experts sound off on trends like open offices and remote working, while product reviews discuss all the different materials and products making waves in the business world. (Full disclosure: OfficeSpace Software was featured in WorkDesign, but we are not receiving any benefit from listing them here.) Bookmarking the site will also give you a go-to for design inspiration; articles listed under the “Projects” category showcase of some of the most modern and innovative offices today and their stories.
Office Snapshots collects photos of distinctive offices around the world. The images are organized so that you can search for an office by its country, square footage, year completed or industry, which makes it a great tool for getting inspiration for your own office design. Besides its photo collection, Office Snapshots also has a blog discussing the future of office design and the changing nature of work. Recent blog posts have included “Trends from NeoCon 2014” and “New Working Environments: The Need for Personal Space.”
While some magazines have past issues, Buildings magazine has been around long enough to have vintage issues. Since 1906, Buildings has guided building and facilities managers on the best ways to take care of their property. In its modern form, Buildings offers both an online and print edition. Its VIP webinars educate on cost-saving facility maintenance, energy management and HVAC issues. Buildings also offers four distinct newsletters covering different aspects of FM, so you can get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox.
What makes Fast Company such a great resource for anyone in business, regardless of their title, is the breadth of topics it covers. Stories on leadership, communication and productivity make it a useful read for professionals. Facilities managers specifically, however, can benefit from its stories on office design. From design faux pas to new products that are entering the market, Fast Company has lots of useful information on making the office a good place for the people working there.
The OfficeSpace Blog
OfficeSpace strives to be a valuable resource for anyone involved with facilities management, whether they’re an admin at a 200-person company or a facilities manager working at the enterprise level. On that end, our blog covers office design, professional development and on-the-job concerns like emergency management and sustainability tips. Of course, since move management is part of what we do, the logistics of moving are an important part of the discussion here, too.
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