“Baby-boomers” are reaching retirement age, but apparently it seems that “Facility management Companies are less concerned than the human resources areas, Facility Management consulting companies, or externalization services companies, although they are beginning to realize it is an issue.”, according to Friday Group.
For this reason, FM organizations are facing a great challenge planning how to transfer knowledge and experience within the companies’ culture. At the Smithsonian in Whashington D.C. (USA) it has been decided to transfer this knowledge into procedures and “tasks are put in a book with some history and background on how things are done,”, Nancy Bechtol (Director of Facilities Engineering and Operations) says.
Training the necessary workforce to run a building is not an easy task, so many organizations are establishing relationships with training institutions and thus creating synergies in the world of specialized training in Facilities Management.
As we can see, we are living times of change regarding FM professionals. Not only do companies have to adapt to new generations, like Millenials, but they also need to retain all the knowledge from the “baby-boomers”, who are already dreaming about their retirement.
You can read about the matter in depth with the research FMLink has carried out http://www.facilitiesnet.com/facilitiesmanagement/article/Facility-Departments-Must-Cope-with-Baby-Boomer-Retirements–16179?source=part
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