Twitter can be a great place to learn new things about facilities management. There’s just one problem, though—so much chirping goes on that it can be difficult to know which voices you should tune into. To help cut down on the noise, we’ve made a list of the top industry thought leaders that you should follow.
The International Facilities Management Association tweets about various networking and education opportunities, including free webinars, how-to guides, and industry conventions. In addition, IFMA also shares articles about thriving in today’s workplace from sources like Forbes, Bloomberg, and CNBC.
The official Twitter account of Buildings magazine contains links to articles about issues like green energy, fire alarm design, and HVAC maintenance. It also tweets links to its free webinars, so followers can have easy access to the site’s educational opportunities.
The British Institute of Facilities Management touts itself as the “professional body” for “the fastest-growing industry in the UK.” On that note, its Twitter shares news, updates about new members, and announcements about upcoming events.
A writer for Facilities Management Journal, Erin Sevitz curates content about topics like ergonomics, employee happiness, and office environment, to name a few. You can follow her handle @ESevitz, or get official tweets from IFMA’s journal @TheFMJ.
Based in Australia, Facilities Management Magazine covers everything from product reviews to building management to maintenance and services. While many of the articles are focused on Australia, the magazine’s comprehensive coverage makes it relevant for any FM, no matter what country you work in.
Ken Burkhalter is a board member of the IFMA who travels around the country, speaking about facilities management issues. He also blogs about facilities management, but his Twitter shares links collected across the Internet, with sources ranging from Wired to Time Management Ninja.
Tweeting FM news from a European perspective, I-FMNet promotes articles about things like outsourcing and rebidding FM contracts, as well as breaking news. These articles do require either a paid or a twelve-month free registration before you can view them, but in exchange you’ll get a vast amount of information you won’t find anywhere else.
All facilities managers think about ways they can make the office a better place, and Work Design is full of articles to guide them. However, the magazine’s Twitter account shines most of the spotlight on other sites. Recent tweets have included posts on architecture and workplace flexibility.
Today’s Facility Manager offers insight on asset maintenance and sustainability, but it also covers more offbeat topics like coverage of Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom ® contest. Its Twitter also has a mix of serious and lighthearted posts, with some tweets promoting free file sharing services and others asking “Which professions have the most psychopaths?”
Twitter can be a great tool for learning, and the accounts listed above are some of the best for reading up on a wide range of questions concerning facilities management . If you’re interested in CAFM software specifically, however, be sure to check us out @OfficeSpaceSw, where you’ll find links to our blog, company updates, and other industry-relevant news.
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