Integrated facilities management (IFM), simply put, it is a method of consolidating many of your office-related services and processes under one contract and management team. Implemented properly, IFM can streamline internal and vendor-facing communication, simplify the management of day-to-day operations and improve productivity and wellness across your organization.
At its core, IFM is a consolidative move. Depending on your current facilities management structure, that could mean dropping multiple vendor contracts in favor of a single service agreement or placing a lengthy list of responsibilities traditionally handled by different internal teams under a single umbrella. Either way, the practice results in fewer contracts, teams or resources to juggle and a bird’s-eye view of management tasks. Compared to overseeing each independent stakeholder and each individual task they manage multiple times over, this increased visibility means more effective management of teams, quicker responses to requests and less downtime for employees.
The benefits of a simplified structure through IFM don’t stop there, either. Instead of bouncing between multiple tasks and teams or putting out multiple fires at the same time this bird’s-eye view ultimately allows you to align tasks with the business’s larger goals. When you’re able to step out of the constant day-to-day management of workflow, you’re given the time and freedom needed to take a more strategic approach to facilities management. With a broader view of company goals on one end and more granular control of core processes on the other, this makes it easier to assume a more impactful role within the organization. Ultimately, less micromanagement means more time to look at the bigger picture.
With multiple internal teams managing different components of the workplace, redundancy and overlap is inevitable. Costs can also balloon as different teams spend their time and budgets on initiatives that don’t align with larger company goals. With IFM, inefficiency and unnecessary spending becomes much easier to identify, since there’s greater visibility. The same also holds true for external vendors. Managing a single budget is almost always going to reduce materials and vendor costs, and that’s before considering the increase in productivity that comes with overseeing a single team as opposed to multiple partners or employees.
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