News | 19 November 2018

Whys-wise: the five 'whys' of IWFM  

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At the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management we are passionate about two things, and their success is intertwined

The first is our role in helping you to uprate your skills and to advance your career – whatever your starting point. The second is our commitment to speaking up for our profession, and in particular developing a wider appreciation of its (largely untapped) potential to enable people to transform organisations and the performance of their people, wherever their work takes place.  

I put them in that order for a reason; because if we can each be inspired to reach higher to develop ourselves as individuals; together we can lift up and advance our entire profession.  

Why? One of the most fundamental questions anybody can ask is why? The writer Simon Sinek says we are all inspired by our sense of purpose and that why? should be our first consideration when contemplating almost anything. 

As the first chapter of the IWFM story begins, I’ve been thinking about our why? Here are five whys of IWFM. 

Why 1 because embracing workplace is a real opportunity for this profession to raise its voice and raise its game.  Too often we get hung up on definitions: if it’s this it can’t be that. This is not disregarding FM, its value as a profession or our predecessor BIFM’s heritage. It is taking the opportunity to recognise and explore the value of workplace and facilities management in a twenty first century knowledge economy. 

Why 2 because a modern professional body can and should help re-set expectations and maximise impact. Including workplace helps us to re-position how facilities managers can influence organisations, so the focus becomes how to drive real value, through employee or customer experience for example, and to challenge the idea that the function amounts to little more than a cost centre.

Why 3 because foregrounding workplace may help us to inspire our professionals to reflect the complex skills demanded by today’s employers to meet challenges in data analysis, automation, human factors and our sheer interconnectedness; no matter where you do your work or which sector you’re in.   

Why 4 because with the average age of IWFM learners at 39 and members at 50 the profession is missing out on a generation’s worth of talent. To bridge a serious skills gap I’m committed to making our profession a career of choice not chance and to making IWFM the professional home for anybody who can be motivated by the prospect of being responsible for providing and managing inspiring workplaces. 

Why 5 I’m constantly reminded of this profession’s potential. Going for chartered body status is a major opportunity raise the esteem of workplace and facilities management as a profession in its own right. That’s good for those already in the industry and great for anybody aspiring to be.

We’ve done much to create the basis for a modern professional body, and here I’ve dealt with why. Our ten-point plan sets out what we’ve got planned in our first year. 

Linda Hausmanis 
Chief Executive Officer

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