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Get Ahead of Retirements in Building,
Property and Facility Management
Building management encompasses so many different
segments. No one person can – or is expected to – be an
expert at all of them. Even managing different types of
buildings can have its own set of challenges and priorities.
In the next five to 15 years, 50 percent of the current facilities management workforce is expected
to retire, IFMA reports. The immediate need is great to find facilities managers, building owners
and property managers to fill those roles. Organizations and companies must take an active role in
recruiting and training the next generation for these positions.
As baby boomers retire and older members of Generation X plan for it, companies should look to
recruit for those roles among:
n Millennials: This group is larger than baby boomers, according to the U.S. Census. Many have been
in the workforce for a while and would be a good resource to tap into.
n Generation Z: The oldest members are entering the workforce or in college. Show them what’s
available in building management and how they can get the skills needed for a successful career.
However, it can be difficult for the younger generations to get the proper training without resources
and support available. Few educational institutions have facilities management programs. Companies
need to offer mentorship and internship opportunities, and allow younger employees training both
in-house and outside, such as job shadows or sending them to conferences and events.
In “The Future of Facilities Management” (page 16), I talk to a millennial about how she landed in
facilities management, what companies can do to be more active in finding people to fill the positions
and how the generations can use their differences as strengths to work together.
Unsure if your organization should have a facilities manager or property manager, or are you early
in your career and not sure what the difference is or which direction to go? Many of the duties –
keeping buildings safe and secure, implementing water and energy efficiency initiatives and working
with third-party service providers – overlap. Learn on page 20 about the differences to determine
what’s right for you.
With a plan in place today for how to fill roles as people retire, and what roles your building needs,
you’re setting yourself up for a smooth transition and business continuity.
Valerie Dennis Craven