Pareto FM Featured in Facilitate Article 'Able To Enable?'

A small but significant number of FMs at the starting point of a cultural change realise the benefits of offering a holistic, strategic service that encompasses people as well as property. This is a significant departure from the traditional world of FM, in which quantities, space management and costs were the prevailing points of focus. This change is best visualised as a peloton leading a group of cyclists, argues Adam Burtt-Jones, workplace design consultant and partner at Burtt-Jones & Brewer LLP. In his analogy, the peloton comprises forward-thinking FMs who have realised that property and people are fundamentally intertwined and, by keeping close, others can stay at the front of the pa

Pareto FM support launch of inaugural LGBT+ in FM networking event

Leading facilities management firms and professionals have joined forces to establish LGBTinFM – an LGBT+ support group for the sector. The group aims to make facilities management (FM) the most attractive, inclusive and supportive industry for LGBT+ professionals, and its recent launch event attracted more than 100 FM professionals. The founder of LGBTinFM, Sharon Slinger MRICS of Constructing Rainbows, tells us about the group’s ambitions, and the biggest challenges LGBT+ professionals in FM face. Overcoming obstacles and isolation The FM workforce can be very isolated, which makes communication difficult and, therefore, getting the support to LGBT+ professionals in the FM sector can be co

Pareto FM featured in article 'Value in creating an all-inclusive company'

While providing greater focus on the topic of diversity may at first seem more of an emotive reaction and seen as “a good thing to do”, exploring this more comprehensively shows that there are many practical reasons that should also be considered in more detail. This is one of the main messages to emerge from the recent discussions conducted with a growing number of FM industry personnel with a particular interest in this area, resulting in the comments included below. Although progress can be seen to have been made in a number of areas – with the FM sector seen as achieving success in increasing the diversity of the workforce and its managers – the discussion is now turning to examine if th

Blog: Rob Symington on why his challenging commute is worth it

So, after the inevitable ‘so what do you want to do with your life?’ questioning that immediately follows university, I found myself clueless. My degrees in the Humanities didn’t push me towards a specific path like a Nursing or Midwifery degree would, so I faced these questions with bewilderment, rather than answers. However, all I was really looking for was a field in which was diverse, where I could learn, not be bored because the job is different every day and be constantly busy. So, after quite extensive conversation with my parents, my Dad (who is also in FM) suggested I enter his world, as it ticks the boxes of what I was looking for and wow, does it! Although he never said how tediou

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