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Industry gears up for tomorrow's World FM Day

12 July 2016

A number of events will take place tomorrow to celebrate World FM Day, with the theme of 'empowering people for a productive world'.

It will be supported by FM organisations around the World and will also see the winners of the Global FM Awards of Excellence announced.

Industry leaders and experts have also published their comments prior to the event, see below.

Bennett Hay co-founder Anthony Bennett: “FM is an exciting place to be at the moment because there is now the widespread acknowledgement that our industry plays a vital part in improving general morale, engagement and, of course, productivity.

"Discussions about workplace productivity need to be about making a building function to suit the people in it. We need to take heed of the data and the research that’s out there if we’re to act and keep moving things in the right direction.”

Service Works Group chief executive officer Gary Watkins, said: “Today’s FM has a global role, integral to increasing standards across an entire organisation.

"Technology will continue to be vital to achieving new heights, providing usable, accessible insight and communication, even for the non-tech savvy; laying the foundation for further innovation in the workplace.”

Servest executive director corporate development Andrew Sugars said: “Technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and applying data into enhancing service will all be key areas of focus for driving innovation in FM.

"None of this, however, will replace the first fundamental basic of FM of delivering exceptional customer experiences.”

Advanced Workplace Associates managing director Andrew Mawson said: "As an industry, we need to embrace a scientific movement in the direction of productivity.

"FM needs to step up a gear by understanding the latest thinking and research – and it’s only by applying the learning that we’ll improve business performance. It’s a great challenge. We have the science, now we need to use it."

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