Charles Carpenter

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Carpenter, CFM, is site manager, global real estate for HP in Austin, TX and has been in the profession since 1995. He welcomes your suggestions and comments.

Friday Funny: The Twelve Days of Christmas, FM Style

Inspired by everything that can — and does — go wrong in a facility, facility manager and FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter shares his take on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

FM Frequency: Moving Targets

In the unpredictable arena of facility security, evaluating the organization and its physical attributes for a 360° view is an important starting point.

FM Frequency: The Free Range Office

Is the heightened focus on collaboration and interaction in the workplace causing occupants to lose their focus?

FM Frequency: It’s Not Easy Being Green(er)

Even the best laid sustainability initiatives can be foiled by unaware, unresponsive, or just plain unwilling occupants.

FM Frequency: In-House Sociologist

Among the many hats facility managers wear, the ability to field odd requests and mediate occupant disputes is a necessity.

FM Frequency: Historic Sites – Challenges, Opportunities

Whoever said some things only get better with age probably was not a facility manager.

FM Frequency: Occupant Well-Being

Cleaning policies are paramount, but other aspects impact the health quotient of a facility.

FM Frequency: Taking Care Of Business

In this discussion of trimming costs, paying homage to Elvis Presley tunes seems fitting.

FM Frequency: Best Of The Best

Churchill’s not in the running, so nominate an outstanding facility manager you know today. From the September 2013 issue.

FM Frequency: A Place Called Subiaco

A sprawling campus in western Arkansas is a vibrant nonprofit, multiuse facility. From the July 2013 issue.

FM Frequency: Warning Signs

More subtle than outright violence, hostility in the workplace can go undetected. From the May 2013 issue.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Earth Day Fables

Johnny Appleseed Arrested? John Henry Jobless? Paul Bunyan Blacklisted? Read on for these modern retellings of classic American fables.

FM Frequency: Lost In Translation?

Operating a facility in another country can require some study, especially when it comes to cultural references and matters of measurement. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

FM Frequency: Green Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Any effort to increase sustainability is positive, unless it’s not. What defines sustainability for an organization depends on a variety of factors.

FM Frequency: Handling A Delicate Subject

For facility management professionals, establishing a protocol for breastfeeding in the workplace presents its share of very practical challenges. An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires workplaces to provide reasonable accommodations for nursing mothers.

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings…People Do: Part 2

In the second part of this examination, Carpenter breaks down the realities of finding the right player for the cleaning game in your facility.

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings…People Do: Part 1

In part one of this series, Carpenter explains how providing janitorial services to facilities can be a truly thankless task, but it doesn't have to be.

FM Frequency: Who Wrote The “Book” On Facility Management?

Keeping vital information up to date may seem like a tedious task, but it's one of the most essential aspects of successful operations.

FM Frequency: Don’t Be A Lighthouse Keeper

When working with a multi-generational staff, facility managers must understand why employees behave in certain ways.

FM Frequency: The Facility Manager In The Gray Flannel Suit

Carpenter makes reference to a classic 1956 Gregory Peck film to illustrate the facility professional's struggle with duality.

FM Frequency: Pinching Pennies; Counting Quarters

Think it's impossible to justify your own salary by scrimping and saving? FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter suggests you think again.

FM Frequency: An Argument In Favor Of Human Cloning

Columnist Carpenter makes the humorous—yet credible—case for facility management doppelgängers.

FM Frequency: OSHA Does NOT Necessarily Mean Oh Sh–!

It doesn't take all that much effort for the proactive facility manager to benefit from—rather than panic at the thought of—an OSHA inspection.

FM Frequency: How Green Is Green?

Despite sustainability's established foothold, Carpenter has some issues with its definition.

FM Frequency: Feel Free To Blame Tortilla Chips

The chips will fall where they may, but FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter makes the case for more sustainable corn chip consumption.

FM Frequency: Exit, Stage Right

FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter is all about common sense, not stage directions, with this very practical advice on fire safety in facilities.

FM Frequency: Walking In Another Fm’s Shoes

FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter takes a field trip and gains perspective on what it

FM Frequency: Career Day

When FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter makes the lecture circuit at local high schools and colleges, everyone learns a little something about facilities management.

FM Frequency: Don’t Take Your Guns To Work

TFM Columnist Charles Carpenter tackles a controversial topic as he transitions into FM Frequency Columnist.

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