by Karen Kroll — The cost of operating and maintaining a facility is often the second largest line item in an organization’s budget, right behind salaries and benefits. When facilities managers are involved in developing their organization’s strategic plan, they’re better able to ensure that the resources devoted to the facility are used as effectively as possible. They’re also better prepared to develop strategic plans for their facilities departments that dovetail with their organizations’ mission and goals.
Yet, few facilities managers have the skills needed to effectively engage in strategic planning.
The facilities department needs to be an integral part of an organization’s strategic planning process. For effective results, facilities managers need to fully understand the business intent of the organizations they serve.
With this e-book, facility managers will learn:
- The role FMs play in strategic planning
- The skills managers will need to hone
- How to navigate obstacles
- Help for building the strategic plan
Given the range of responsibilities many facilities managers juggle, it becomes easy to put off — often indefinitely — strategic planning. Instead, many facilities professionals find their time and energy diverted to issues that are most urgent, and to engaging in the firefighting so often necessary.
Constantly ignoring strategy hinders the ability of the facilities management function to add value to an organization. Conversely, regularly engaging in strategic planning can help the facilities management function shift from a reactive to a proactive approach. This approach leads to providing better service.
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