Professional Development Columnist

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Authored by a different industry member each month, this column provides insight into how facility managers can keep on top of what they need to know in order to sustain their careers.

Professional Development: Stay In Shape For Survival

Occupational safety programs are key to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce, even in a down economy.

Professional Development: Helpful Hints For Evaluating Contractor Bids

Guest Columnist Bill Garland recommends facility managers look beyond face value when partnering with outside firms.

Professional Development: Keeping Tabs On Facilities

Guided self assessments are tools to supplement professionally administered data collection.

Professional Development: Not Only Money Is Green

Tony Rankin explains how many aspects of sustainable design translate into substantial savings for budgets as well.

Professional Development: Getting Your Money’s Worth Out Of Commissioning

In part two of this commissioning feature, find out how savings can come from systems and equipment optimization.

BONUS Professional Development: Focus On Large Scale Lamp Recycling

In this final piece in the series, Columnist Krall looks at how recycling programs at large facilities can have big benefits.

Professional Development: Lamp Recycling Still Matters

Columnist Daniel Krall reveals how lamps in landfills carry financial, environmental, and public relations risks.

BONUS Professional Development: Lamp Recycling Logistics

In this followup article, Columnist Daniel Krall explains lamp recycling options, especially for smaller facilities.

Professional Development: Commissioning No Longer Optional

Guest Columnist Paul Liesman provides the first part of a two part series on building commissioning.

Professional Development: Command Presence

Guest Contributor Timothy Cummings feels fms must exhibit leadership qualities during emergency situations.

Professional Development: Creating A Plan For Disaster

Having guidelines in place helps mitigate losses. Guest Contributor Tony Rankin outlines a plan.

Professional Development: OBCs In A Struggling Economy

Guest Contributor George Russell looks at ways for facility professionals to address real estate issues with flex space.

Professional Development: Ergonomics Provide A Boost In Tough Times

Guest Contributor Derek Timm explains how stressful conditions can be improved by comfortable configurations.

Professional Development: Human Resource Management

Guest Contributor Tony Rankin asks, when facility managers are faced with personnel issues, how should they respond?

Professional Development: Focus Group Recommendations

Centralize real estate and facilities management assets? Guest Contributor William Manning says no under $5000.

Professional Development: Five Steps To A Successful Renovation

Contributor Jackie Jennings demonstrates how smart planning today creates fewer headaches tomorrow.

Professional Development: Making Construction Management Work For You

Guest Contributor Jerry Kingwill says what an fm knows about construction can make the process run smoother.

Professional Development: Office Clutter? Don’t Agonize, Organize!

Guest Contributor James O'Connor claims a little bit of desk tidying goes a long way towards being clutter free.

Professional Development: Consolidation Of Vendor Bases

Guest Columnist Colin Schnebly wonders if consolidation puts corporations' revenues at risk?

Professional Development: Job Order Contracting

Guest Contributor Vince Duobinis suggests spreading procurement needs around the community.

Professional Development: FM–The Oldest Profession?

This amusing overview from Guest Contributor Charles Carpenter defines great moments in FM history.

Professional Development: Illegal Immigration Is An FM Issue

With reform a hot topic, Guest Contributor Neville Cramer illustrates how changes could redefine the workforce.

Professional Development: The Brain Drain

Jerry Cederstrom believes good asset management programs can help overcome the maintenance talent exodus.

Professional Development: Video Analytics

Facility managers can use this technology to meet more than just their security needs.

Professional Development: Design-Build

Guest Contributor Warren Michelsen explains how this project delivery method benefits from the power of one and the expertise of many.

Professional Development: Auditing Contingency Plans

What the fm does with the plan is as important as the plan itself, according to Guest Contributor Ken Koch.

Professional Development: Mid-Project Intervention

Guest Contributor Sonny Jester feels fms can experience early avoidance and resolution of construction disputes.

Professional Development: Facility Management Made Easier

Guest Contributor Steve Lindauer discusses how an accepted tool can simplify the coordination of all contractors.

Professional Development: Employee Retention

Contributor Shawn Abraham asks, "if a new hire leaves abruptly, will the employer know what went wrong?"

Professional Development: In The Good Old Summertime

Contributor Larry Wash explains, as temps climb, fms can ensure high performance and lower energy bills.

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