Being a Facility Manager isn’t an easy task. You’re responsible for multiple tasks a day and ultimately you’re the person who ensures that the facility can operate as expected. It’s a job that other employees don’t notice when it’s done right, but if there is a problem with the facility you are the first person they look at.
So what does a Facility Manager need to do to keep things running smoothly? We’ve broken it down into 5 habits that are common in successful Facility Mangers:
1. Know your Building
Your building is a complex environment with many different systems. HVAC, electrical, security systems, etc. Understanding what is in your building and how it works is key to being effective and makes you more efficient in the time of need.
2. Review your Drawings
We don’t mean just know where they are and look at them when you need them. Knowing the original drawings as well as any changes is key to success. Your drawings should always be up to date and easy to access on the job. Knowing these documents like the back of your hand will make you a rock star in the time of need.
3. Knowledgeable and Effective Staff
Most Facility Managers also manage people, and this is often way more complex than managing your facility. You need to make sure you have knowledgeable and reliable employees as well as the right tools to empower them to be successful. You can have the best employees on the planet, but if they can’t access drawings or see the latest updates, you’re going to have problems.
4. Understand Your Service Contracts
Effective dates is key. When do your contracts start and when do they end? Understanding when your service contracts are in effect and what they cover will save you time and money.
5. Be Visible
Remember how we said no one is looking for you until something goes wrong? Be visible. Be available. This will help people understand how complex your day actually is, and who knows, maybe you’ll make a few new friends!
That’s our top 5. We know there are a lot of other traits that can help you be a rock-star Facility Manager, but these ones are the foundation for success!