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Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom makes helpful suggestions to professionals who need to avoid quote burnout syndrome. From the June 2013 issue.


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Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom makes helpful suggestions to professionals who need to avoid quote burnout syndrome. From the June 2013 issue.

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Tricks Of The Trade: Quote Overload

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom makes helpful suggestions to professionals who need to avoid quote burnout syndrome. From the June 2013 issue.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When Do Facilities Processes Begin?

While each facility is different, all of the processes have to start somewhere. What is the sequence in your facility?

Tricks Of The Trade: “In Or Out?”

Tricks Of The Trade Columnist Kevin Folsom revisits the age old question about outsourcing and provides some pros and cons. From the May 2013 issue.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How Do You Manage Grease In Buildings?

Commercial kitchens have specific rules for health and safety issues, but when it comes to water code requirements, how do facility professionals deal with grease management?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Security–How Much Is Enough?

In terms of physical on site security in facilities, what criteria do professionals use when determining their priorities?

FM Frequency: Warning Signs

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

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Air Conditioning Systems For Libraries

Libraries are very specialized environments, as all facility managers know. So when it comes time to replace an aging air conditioning system, facility managers in these environments benefit from various sources of input.

Tricks Of The Trade: Temperature Complaints

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom talks about the age old issue of dealing with thermal complaints in the workplace. From the April 2013 issue.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Wiping Away Tears In The Workplace

There are times when emotional issues can crop up in the workplace--regardless of whether it's a personal conflict or a professional one. How should facility managers act—if at all—when called upon to console a co-worker or employee under these circumstances?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Serial Quote Syndrome

What is the appropriate professional procedure for dealing with RFPs from internal departments that ask for numerous quotes from facilities on work that will more than likely never be completed? How do I keep from alienating my vendors and contractors?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Facilities Management Software

Is there any facility management software designed for labs that can handle maintenance, drawings. leases, and all the other necessary documentation?

Tricks Of The Trade: Credential Management

Facility Management Expert Kevin Folsom shares some career tips regarding professional designations. From the April 2013 issue.

Tricks Of The Trade: BYOD Policy Challenges

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom gets imaginative and invites other fms to share stories on BYOD and proprietary information issues. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

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.

Tricks Of The Trade: Hiring An Outside Facility Auditor

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom provides pointers on how to select an outside auditor. From the March 2013 issue of Today's Facility Manager.

Tricks Of The Trade: Facility Renewal Planning

Tricks Columnist Kevin Folsom shares some helpful advice on one of his favorite topics: facility renewal planning!

Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Door Tags

What's the easiest way to deal with missing fire door tags? How do we address it? Do we have to replace the door, or can we just replace the tag?

Tricks Of The Trade: Roof Leaks

Do you have any recommendations for flashing this HVAC unit? Is a double curb the only way to approach this situation?

Tricks Of The Trade: Overhead Lighting Changes

Is there a common practice for changing light bulbs and ballasts located above cubicle office furniture? Many of our fixtures are above cubicles in such a way that “hanging” off of a ladder becomes a dangerous proposition.

Tricks Of The Trade: Fan Belts

How often do you recommend replacing the belts in roof fans? Additionally, how often should the ventilation system be cleaned?

Tricks Of The Trade: Healthcare Housekeeping

Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?

Tricks Of The Trade: Evac Plans

Can you tell me what the general requirements or accepted practices are for locating evac plans?

Tricks Of The Trade: Demand Response

What is it like to participate in a demand response program? Should facility managers prepare for any unwanted challenges or surprises?

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.

Tricks Of The Trade: Career Advice In A Difficult Employment Climate

When the opportunity to transition from maintenance to management presents itself, what steps should a person take to be best prepared?

Tricks Of The Trade: Global Trends In Integrated Facilities Management

IFM is a very respected process; its practices and techniques should be learned fully. There is no short cut, and in most cases, an fm is simply passing through in the life of an organization; the person’s legacy is what is left behind for the next generation of career fm. So why isn't it widely practiced around the world?

Tricks Of The Trade: Vibration Analysis

Are there any existing studies that examine the issue of vibration analysis? I'm thinking about adopting a program and would appreciate input.

Tricks Of The Trade: Pond Marshes

How do facility management professionals address specific landscaping issues that deal with ponds and marshes?

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.

Tricks Of The Trade: Data Management

Ideally, I would like to create a central deposit center to manage these systems with easy access. Do you know of a resource that would work with our many different operating systems (building and equipment) and compile this information in a central point for viewing and alarm conditions?

Tricks Of The Trade: Battery Operated Faucets

When making a decision regarding faucet selection for his facility, one manager struggles with battery life and maintenance questions. New "Tricks" Columnist Kevin Folsom helps out.

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.

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