FM’s 7 most popular stories of 2016
With the end of 2016 rapidly arriving, FM looks back on all that has happened across the industry in the last 12 months.
These seven stories garnered the most attention this year, with topics ranging from the country’s first Indigenous-owned FM company to robot receptionists, and a look at how to improve financial return on your buildings.
In its 2016 facilities management salary guide, recruitment company Hays found that business activity and headcounts in the industry are rising. Despite this trend, however, Hays states that it is not translating into a wide-ranging salary increase for Australia’s FM professionals. That is unless the FM professional has the niche, technical skills that are currently in high demand throughout the industry…
Lendlease’s new global HQ at Barangaroo South in Sydney debuted with a six-metre high green wall, which incorporates around 5000 plants. The wall works to accelerate the removal of air pollutants from the office space as well as cooling the air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs.
A CBRE Viewpoint report from September highlighted the fact that reducing cost is no longer the key consideration for owners looking to outsource their property and facilities management functions. It also found that owners are also placing a growing emphasis on how outsourcing can help them deliver the best organisational outcomes for tenants.
In May, Indigenous-owned facilities management company Evolve FM started its first contract, providing services to Indigenous Business Australia. “We think we can make a real difference by maximising the engagement of other Indigenous businesses in our supply chain. It can have a genuine multiplier effect,” said John Owens, Evolve FM CEO.
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Cara Ryan from Schneider Electric took a look at how building owners can overcome the challenge of improving the financial return from their facilities while also trying to drive sustainability outcomes through data analytics.
Read more about how to achieve better building performance through Schneider:
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Facility management and property services firm JLL took a pioneering step in workplace strategy this year by appointing a humanoid robot to the role of receptionist at its Sydney office. JiLL, at 57cm tall, greets staff and visitors and maintains a range of front-of-house tasks including check-ins, providing directions, contacting hosts and recording and reporting technology or building maintenance issues.
Geelong Hospital’s hospitality services manager, Alan Kurrle, spoke to FM about the story behind the hospital’s dramatic restructuring of how they serve food to patients in 2016’s most-clicked story. Scrapping the traditional system, Kurrle helped implement a system in which patients can order a meal at almost any time of day and two staff are dedicated solely to food services at any given time, resulting in happier patients, happier staff, and a delicious service.
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