Facility Management Challenges: 3 Challenges That Every Facility Manager Faces

There are thousands of potential challenges facing Facilities Managers, but they do not always spell doom for your organization. Facilities Managers need to learn more about the top challenges and use these tips to reduce the burden of such challenges.

1. Decreased Budgets Is Among Top Facilities Management Challenges

Any list of facility management challenges is incomplete without touching on the growing pressure to reduce spend and complete facilities management activities within budget constraints. As explained by David Lubach of FacilitiesNet, constant vigilance over resource consumption and pricing of services can help Facilities Managers identify budgetary needs in current and future operations. Unfortunately, the unexpected nature of facilities management, including on-demand maintenance, emergency services, and unexpected costs, can leave Facilities Managers feeling overwhelmed when it comes to a budgetary crisis. However, this problem can be successfully mitigated with agile budgeting, leveraging historic and real-time data to identify projected facilities spend and accommodate on-demand, preventative, and schedule facilities costs on a revolving basis.

For example, Facilities Managers may determine a threshold at which to deferred minor maintenance issues to the next budgetary tracking period. At QSI Facilities, all partnering companies follow an 85 percent threshold for deferred maintenance within the asset management playbook.

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2. Added Regulatory and Public Pressures

Facilities Managers also face continued scrutiny and pressure from public watchdog organizations and regulatory bodies. Facilities Managers are often directly involved in how much energy and natural resources are consumed by a company, and as a result, the way an organization uses resources, as well as disposes of waste, falls under the supervision of Facilities Managers.

Meanwhile, increased regulatory reform efforts may help lessen the burden of Facility Managers, but the only way to successfully navigate the complex relationship between public watchdog groups and legal ramifications for the use of resources and waste disposal lies in taking an unrestrained approach. This means ensuring maximum compliance with all appropriate local, state, and federal statutes, including taking proactive measures to protect against the next surge of regulations.

3. Facilities Managers Are Instrumental in Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies are unexpected, exact a heavy toll, and can be the downfall of an organization. However, business continuity depends on the use of advanced planning tools and tactics when developing an emergency preparedness plan as part of the facilities management strategy. Unfortunately, the unexpected and unforeseeable details within emergencies make it difficult to plan for them accordingly. However, Facilities Managers can use a 360-degree approach to identify key risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities in emergency preparedness. Furthermore, Facilities Managers should consider outsourcing emergency preparedness and response duties to a third-party organization, such as QSI Facilities, to ensure maximum business continuity in the event of an emergency

Start Planning for How Your Organization Will Overcome These Challenges

Plenty of other facilities management challenges exist, and depending on your industry, rising to the occasion may mean the difference between life and death. Instead of running from the problem, take control. Know what to expect, and implement the right tools, platforms, and technologies necessary to overcome these obstacles. Find out more by visiting QSI Facilities online or calling 1 (877) 281-8177.

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