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Bridge the Gap Between Employee Training & Changing Job Requirements

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Among the most important factors in the successful administration of a facility management department is staff development and training. The ideal for managers is a department that can handle any situation on time, within budget, and with courtesy and style. Achieving and maintaining this ideal requires time and sustained effort. 

When it comes to training, there’s a common fallacy that “once trained is fully trained.” However, training is an ongoing, life-long process.
Appropriate Methods of TrainingBecause the scope of facility management is so broad, the scope of appropriate training is also broad. The type of training you choose should depend on the core, management, and technical competencies you have established; the skill level of your staff; and the needs of the facility. 
Cross TrainingCross training is a recommended method of staff development for facility management, especially when one person may have to perform multiple functions. In athletics, it means that you prepare for …

Quiz: Do You Need to Improve Your Time Management Skills?

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Efficient time management requires that you know what tasks you need to accomplish and you use the self-discipline necessary to keep your attention focused on accomplishing them. 
Quiz: Evaluate Your Planning SkillsTime management is all about your ability to plan. Use the following rating scale to assess how frequently you do each of the planning activities listed below:

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Sometimes
4 = Frequently
5 = Always

___ Write my plan down
___ Refer to my plan and make midterm corrections
___ Keep my plan in sight
___ Communicate my plan to others
___ Anticipate obstacles
___ Prepare a backup plan
___ Delegate
___ Set deadlines for myself and others
___ Keep track of where my time is spent
___ Keep in mind the value of my time
___ Focus on those activities that will have the greatest impact
___ Review my list of goals
___ Have a clear idea of what I want to accomplish next week
___ Set priorities according to importance, not urgency
___ Isolate myself for quiet thinking time
___ Focus…

4 Practical Tips & Best Practices for Tenant Prospecting

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Property manager's wear many hats—one includes that of a salesperson. While you do not necessarily need to have the stereotypical, slick sales personality, you do need to know your building and the market conditions. You must also be able to convey the correct message to the right prospective tenant at the right time.
As a career move, having sales experience is an asset that makes you more valuable as a property manager. In many organizations, the road to the top is through sales. This post discusses 4 ways to find and sell to tenants, including:

1. Tenant Referrals
2. Walk-ins
3. Phone Inquires
4. Networking
Tenant Referrals Prospecting for tenants can begin with your current tenants. Make sure to get the word out and be creative about it. The most common ways to do this are by:

1. Speaking with each of the decision makers in your building.
2. Sending out letters to the decision makers, as well as the executives of each firm.
3. Asking for referrals, possibly as a postscript, in any gener…

10 Key Items to Evaluate Prior to Property Acquisition

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In an industry that requires careful management of physical property operations, personnel, and finances, an asset plan provides the necessary direction for successful real estate management. The asset plan is designed following an in-depth analysis of the property and its position in the market. It may also be developed when a property is transitioned from one asset manager or asset management company to another, or on an annual basis, as a part of the ongoing management of an already-owned property.

The following are 10 key items a facility manager should review and evaluate prior to acquisition:

1. Curb AppealStart with the property’s curb appeal. Is the property presented in the most favorable manner possible? Will prospects looking for space find it attractive for their business operation? Is there deferred maintenance? If so, this may include everything from landscaping to roof repair.
2. SustainabilityConsider making efforts toward reducing the environmental impact of the asset. S…