Hello RFMA Members,
Today's post is on elevating your position and the status of facilities management within your organization. In the past, most facilities professionals were tasked with protecting company assets thru proper PM contracts, R&M and capital projects. Today, they must have knowledge in numerous other areas. Change is constant in our industry and we all must embrace it and get engaged in these new areas to make yourself a valuable asset to your company. The marketplace seems to be moving towards a more franchisee ran industry with many of the larger chains selling off numerous stores to either new or existing franchisees. The large facilities departments of the past will not be in high demand in the future. The facility role needs to be of even greater importance withing the individual organizations. This means elevating the facilities role by embracing change and leading in other areas. Restaurants will always need to be properly protected and maintained, whoever owns them, which is why it's very important to grow professionally in your field. If not already involved, it's highly recommended to look into the following areas:
- Company P&L's, if not currently receiving your company P&L's, request them to get baseline data on current R&M and utility costs along with your personal department information. It's important to follow costs versus budget to anticipate future potential changes in the spending. Be prepared. Take the initiative. Fiscal responsibility is a must in today's environment. Track the PM charges always looking for savings thru better contract management such as volume buying, analyzing current services, etc.
- Sustainability, this is a huge area to be involved in and it covers everything from energy/waste management to building design and materials. Energy management is the easiest area to generate savings and create a high profile within your company. Get engaged. Ensure the basics are covered with programmable t-stats, LED lighting, low flow aerators, etc.
- Education, continued education will be necessary to assist with all the new areas of responsibility that invariably will fall into your lap. A good start is the free CRFP prep course on the RFMA website. This is a wonderful tool to expand your facility knowledge and I would also recommend taking the exam to be certified. This is another example of elevating your status within your organization.
This post is just a quick reminder of how competitive the restaurant industry is. Every management position must be continually justified. Facilities professionals need to elevate their expertise to contribute in many uncharacteristic areas. Take the lead, get engaged. Your future depends on it.
Dover and out.