The paper "The State of Facility Management Today" is a wonderful example of a literature review on management. Facilities management (herein referred to as FM) is the act of directing space, people, infrastructure, and organizations. Barrett & Baldry (2003) submit that management of facilities is linked to office blocks, sports arenas, learning institutions, conference centers, shopping malls, motels, and hotels as well as health centers. The management of such facilities is a very important aspect to the success of any of the named organizations. In essence, facility management is the maintenance and watch over the built environment.
This, therefore, mean that it requires professional training so that and packaging to avoid mistakes that may drive the company into losses (Kowalski 2002). It is sad, however, that facility management has not been given the required boardroom recognition as is required. The people who do the management are either non-professional or inexperienced in the same. Method, Structure, Literature Review This paper will be presented as a research paper; the findings herein will be proven to the best of my ability. Current issues are impossible to make up: at the same time the importance of this topic is a demand for professionalism and non-infringement of patents.
Facility management is faced with a lot of threats from other professions; this may be basically because the facility administrators have to always work under someone. There are different literature that explains the state of facility management in different organizations and the recommendations to correct the same. Understanding the submission of these books would provide a possible way forward to return glory to this golden profession. The title of Stephen Georgoulis’ book on Facility management states that FM is a profession at risk.
Stephen states that there are innumerable misunderstandings and perplexities over what the functions and importance of facility managers are. There is basically an ill-stated job description for the facility managers in most of the institutions today. The functions sometimes are vague and underestimating the ability of the professionals. It is painful to note that there is no data that one can put their hands on to evaluate the performance of the facility managers (Georgoulis 2008). The perceptions and struggles of people to understand the managers are not documented either.
What a struggle it is therefore for anyone to correct these anomalies! The current FMs are older than the practitioners of other professions; the folks may, therefore, be operating with the old days’ tactics that may not be effective today. There are also no formal education programs that would attract new people into the profession so far (Wiggins 2010). There are only a few colleges if any that offer skills that are important to facility management. The perception of people about facility management is a factor that contributes to the delayed interest amongst people to try out facility management as a profession (Friday 2003).
There are new market demands and a higher projection of the same that calls for highly skilled and educated individuals to fill the gaps in professional management (Redlein 2004). This aspect will be a struggle because of the lack of programs aimed at developing the people.
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