Facility managers don’t normally spend much time in the boardroom with their organization’s executive leaders. But given how drastically the facility management role has changed over the past several years, it may be time to extend an invite.
An organization’s greatest assets are its workforce and its facility. The way a facility looks, feels and functions has a heavy hand in how well your workforce performs, and that makes your facility manager an important link between the two assets. It takes a unique skill set to effectively balance these resources while simultaneously keeping costs down and bottom lines healthy - experience your executive team would be wise to utilize.
Here are six reasons why facility managers can make it in C-suite executives good books. When it comes to boardroom decisions, they may just be your most powerful ally.
1. You're Cost-Conscious
Facility managers are trained in the fine art of maximizing value while minimizing spend. It’s how you can run a highly efficient facility under tight margins. In many ways, your facility is a tangible example of the value, cost and effectiveness of your organization. With the globalization of business, competition is wildly fierce and expansive. And this type of mastery is exactly what leaders need in their decision-making corner if they want to contend with industry front-runners.
2. You Set the Foundation for Productivity
How well a facility supports employees has everything to do with productivity levels. Facility managers have a unique vantage over this relationship because you are business-minded, but you also understand what employees need out of their workspace to efficiently and effectively do their jobs. When decisions need to be made that will impact the entire workforce, leaders can benefit from including your perspective in their discussions to ensure conclusions support the balance between a facility’s cost to function and performance requirements.
3. You Understand the Real Estate
If the topic of discussion is about development, leasing or other real estate issues, there’s no one better educated on the needs of the organization than the person who manages and oversees it all. You as the facility manager regularly measures space utilization, and will provide the CEO with cold, hard facts on exactly how much space is used, wasted or needed.
4. You're an Excellent Forecaster
Because you are the only one who regularly analyzes the entirety of how your facility operates every day, you are most familiar with the ebbs and flows; the trends and standards. And this makes you excellent at forecasting organizational needs or potential issues. Whether the E-Team is discussing future investments, budget cuts or restructuring, you may have some interesting data to back up why C-level’s should or shouldn’t fund certain projects.
5. You're the Ultimate Liaison
It takes a lot of people to make a facility run smoothly and support business objectives in the 21st century. We’re talking in-house specialists, third-party experts, office technology vendors, utility providers, consultants … the list goes on. You are the orchestrator who directs all these moving parts and people to ensure they all work together and support performance and productivity goals. Your insight will come in handy when organizational leaders gather to deliberate on company-wide issues.
6. You Know How to Measure Risk
C-level’s understand that risk goes hand in hand with opportunity, and fielding this delicate balance requires input from individuals who are able to effectively measure the benefits versus the drawbacks of any given decision. You do this on a daily basis, and have the data to prove it. You also understand the environmental and legislative requirements, as well as any compliance issues that impact your industry, and how C-level decisions may influence adherence to these requirements.
Business decisions depend on big data, and nobody has more information about the operational needs of your organization than you.
Written by Elizabeth Dukes
Originally posted on iofficecorp.com