Tricks of the Trade Column

Facility Management Guru, Kevin Folsom fields all kinds of questions from other facility managers and executives around the world. Submit your questions.



Tricks Of The Trade: Used Furniture

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge reveals how to get rid of unwanted assets.

Tricks Of The Trade: Global FM Consolidation

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge shares suggestions for international FM options.

Tricks Of The Trade: Salary “Comps”

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one reader determine salary baselines.

Tricks Of The Trade: FM Manual

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains how to set up a facilities maintenance manual.

Tricks Of The Trade: Curtailing Energy Costs

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains the benefits of setback thermostats.

Tricks Of The Trade: Business Process Outsourcing

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains the basics behind BPO.

Tricks Of The Trade: The Complaint Department

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps set up a customer survey standard.

Tricks Of The Trade: Manuals

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge discusses facilities operations manuals.

Tricks Of The Trade: FM Consultants

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge defines the differences between facility managers and operations managers.

Tricks Of The Trade: Cost Savings For Services

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one professional weed through the hype.

Tricks Of The Trade: Non-IFMA Benchmarks

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge assists one professional with research on space planning benchmarks.

Tricks Of The Trade: UPS Precautions

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge provides insight on UPS support options.

Tricks Of The Trade: The Designation Debate

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge explains the differences in FM designations.

Tricks Of The Trade: Disaster Planning Coordination

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge recommends the following resources to unite emergency officials and facilities professionals.

Tricks Of The Trade: Standard Operating Procedures

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge breaks down the steps to creating SOPs for facilities.

Tricks Of The Trade: HVAC Purchasing

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps identify the best HVAC system for the job.

Tricks Of The Trade: Job Descriptions

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge exposes the secrets behind the facility management job description.

Tricks Of The Trade: Water Conservation

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gives some pointers on starting a water conservation program.

Tricks Of The Trade: Engineering Certifications

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps one professional with some questions regarding HVAC non-degree certification programs.

Tricks Of The Trade: Security Budgets

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge gives advice on creating a security budget.
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