Laurie Gilmer discusses emerging trends affecting the way maintenance and engineering managers do their jobs. So how does one keep up? It’s helpful to observe the trends, so let’s look at a few we’ve seen in institutional and commercial facilities recently. In reality, we now realize that a one-size-fits-all solution does not exist in the facilities environment. This situation affects in-house facilities technicians, as well as outsourced service providers. Our facilities need to operate efficiently to support core business functions, and for that, we need trained technicians who can deliver that outcome. With reported safety incidents on the rise, more facilities are looking at their safety and security plans, policies, and training programs. Schools might seem like obvious candidates for change, but municipal facilities also need to revisit their plans, given the increased interaction with a broad public audience that take place in those buildings.
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