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Throwing Out Resolutions: Goals for the New Year

New year, new you, right?­­­ Not necessarily. While many of us have resolved to throw out those annual goals, there is still room to improve on our tried and treasured measures in the facility management world. We have some suggestions for making 2015 the year of optimal success without reinventing your facility and personal mindset.

Here are a few tips:

1. Less surprises, more planning.

Most facility executives emphasize the need to plan and strategize all phases of management. To save time and unforeseen hassle this year, develop a plan for all of your facility goals with clearly described steps to achieve those goals – consider including the people who will play a role, departments that can help and clear methods to make it happen. This plan will help you organize and implement your goals.

2. Monitor progress

You may spend a fair amount of time creating systems at the beginning of the year, but this will make for a lot less headaches in the long run. Develop a standard reporting procedure for your entire facility or department. Use this system to measure progress, earn feedback and really analyze the reports. This information will allow you the means to request additional resources or investments in the future.

3. Encourage growth in your team

Investing in your team may lead to your biggest payout yet. Be sure to encourage growth and self-improvement within your team. Allow your staff the tools and means to grow and be successful in their roles. You can do this by listening to their feedback and adjusting or adding to their roles to allow them to grow and expand their experience. A valuable team is your best asset, put this to work in 2015.

4. Learn from others

They say that the best ideas are often copied, make an effort this year to gain new connections. Consider joining an association of facility managers, attending a networking event or using social media to learn about your peers in the industry. By expanding your connections, you will be able to learn about other methods in facility management, troubleshoot and inevitably better your own facility. There is no shame in creating your own support network to ask questions.

While these ideas may seem fairly simple, you will find that by taking extra time to set foreseeable goals, monitor all phases of those goals and develop a valuable team – you will see all faculties of your facility improve. Let us know how your year turns out!




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