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Your Rounds Routine Should Have Training Built In

On February 15, 2019, Posted by , In LogCheck Features, With Comments Off on Your Rounds Routine Should Have Training Built In

How nice would it be to hire an employee who could take over your rounds routine within days of coming aboard? With the right logbook it’s not only possible, but it’s easy and it could reduce the burden of training for both you and your new employee. Log sheets are…

Predictive Maintenance Is Nothing New

On January 30, 2019, Posted by , In Preventative Maintenance, With Comments Off on Predictive Maintenance Is Nothing New

You and your team may be doing predictive maintenance – you just don’t know it yet. You may have heard the term “Predictive Maintenance” or “PdM” popping up in conversations about facility maintenance lately. It’s often mentioned discussions about the possibilities of internet of things (IoT) devices being used to…

Paperwork, How Good FM Jobs Go Bad

On December 19, 2018, Posted by , In Facilities Culture, With Comments Off on Paperwork, How Good FM Jobs Go Bad

You have to love those days when doing your job feels great! Maybe you got a commitment from that vendor that’s been dodging you. Or you solved the mystery of the overloaded circuit in the pump room. Those are the days when you are on top of your responsibilities and…

Facilities Maintenance Tips For Falling Temps

On November 7, 2018, Posted by , In Energy Efficiency, With Comments Off on Facilities Maintenance Tips For Falling Temps

A few weeks ago, I heard someone on a radio program tell the audience that “cold late-October days are nature telling us winter is coming.” Instead of trying to wrap your head around the absurdity of that statement, let’s just say that winter will be here soon. With that in mind, here are…

FM Teams That Have “Always Done It That Way” Should Think Again

On October 29, 2018, Posted by , In Facilities Culture, With Comments Off on FM Teams That Have “Always Done It That Way” Should Think Again

Near the top floor of a downtown NYC building, there is a remarkable facilities engineering department. In a hallway near the team office space, you’ll find a sign with this quote: “The most dangerous phrase in the engineering language is: ‘We’ve always done it this way’” The sign is a…

How To Reduce Stress For The Facilities Pro

On October 12, 2018, Posted by , In Facilities Culture, With Comments Off on How To Reduce Stress For The Facilities Pro

As a facilities manager, the boundary between your work and private life can get pretty thin. Issues happen on their own schedule, not yours, and when they come up, a lot of people look to you. We were recently at a retirement party for a resident manager when he got…

Paper isn’t just a mess… it’s a liability

On October 10, 2018, Posted by , In Technology, With Comments Off on Paper isn’t just a mess… it’s a liability

It’s no secret that technology is making building operations more efficient than ever. But checking boxes, filling in blank fields, and circling your selection on paper log sheets is still standard practice when performing building inspections and rounds. And it works great…right? Paper log sheets are tangible and low tech….

The FM product making happier tenants and owners: Reliability

On September 19, 2018, Posted by , In Property Management, With Comments Off on The FM product making happier tenants and owners: Reliability

Reliability is the most important deliverable for your facilities maintenance team. It’s your product: the resulting state of your building after everyone has done their jobs right. Once you start thinking about reliability as your service or product, you’ll unlock ways to improve it, making you more valuable to your…

Implementation Stress Is No Issue With New FM Tech

On August 29, 2018, Posted by , In Technology, With Comments Off on Implementation Stress Is No Issue With New FM Tech

FM professionals tell us all the time that they “don’t want to deal with implementing software for some new system.” Having been through FM software implementation on the client side…I don’t blame them. It’s downright traumatic. I’ve been on facilities teams dealing with this kind of ordeal on more than…