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World Facilities Management Day Recognizes Unsung Heroes

The demand for skilled, agile facility managers has only grown.

May 8, 2024

May 8 is recognized as World Facilities Management Day (WFMD) to highlight the critical work that facility managers contribute to safe and productive facilities and healthful environments. Organized by Global FM, WFMD is an annual occasion to recognize the vital role that facility managers play in the success of businesses and industries worldwide. 

Facility managers are responsible for maintaining an organization’s most valuable physical assets, from buildings and equipment to technology and infrastructure.

“Without their tireless efforts behind the scenes, buildings could crumble, equipment could fail, employees could face workplace risks, and customers may not receive the goods and service they need,” said Bryan Christiansen, Limble CMMS founder and CEO.

As the business world continues to evolve, the demand for skilled, agile facility managers has only grown. Facility managers must now contend with new priorities such as employee wellbeing, automation, sustainability, and remote work models. Additionally, they must optimize building operations, ensure physical and cyber security, and reduce environmental impact—all while staying within tight budgets and meeting the needs of increasingly discerning customers.

“Facilities management is truly one of the most critical and challenging roles in any organization,” Christiansen said.

Implementing technologies such as computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) can bring about a holistic transformation.

“It makes maintenance work much easier by simplifying and automating all maintenance processes: digitizing maintenance workflows, streamlining work order and asset management, tracking spare parts inventory, etc.,” Christiansen said. “With technologies like CMMS, facilities managers can better prioritize tasks, optimize resource allocation, and demonstrate the immense value they bring to an organization.”

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