World FM Day
Also known as
The World Facility Management Day
on August 28th (2009)
the fourth Thursday in June (2010 to 2013)
Wednesday of the first full week in June (2014 and 2015)
on July 13th (2016)
Wednesday of the second full week in May (since 2017)
Global FM in 2008
Facilities management or facility management is a "professional management discipline focused on the efficient and effective delivery of logistics and other support services related to real property." It "encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology." World FM Day, organized by Global FM, celebrates the important contributions and achievements of the facilities management community and the positive impact those in it have.
The term "facilities management" was created in the 1960s by Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems. At the time, the term applied to IT systems but later expanded to cover all commercial space management. These facilities are defined broadly as "something that is built, installed or established to serve a purpose." Examples are buildings, real estate property, equipment and appliances, lighting, transportation, furniture, and IT technology and services.
The most important role of facility managers is to keep people safe. They operate by "helping clients, customers and end-users understand the potential impact of their decisions on the provision of space, services, cost, and business risk," and by "ensuring a corporate and cost-effective environment for the occupants to function." Facility management organizations started being formed in the late 1970s. Some examples are the Facility Management Institute (FMI), the National Facility Management Association (NFMA) (now the International Facility Management Association (IFMA)), and the Association of Facility Managers (AFM).
How to Observe World FM Day
Some ways to celebrate include:
- Check what FM associations and groups are doing to celebrate. Check for online events and local events to participate in, and share the events with others.
- Thank facility managers online or in person for their contributions.
- Get involved with Global FM.
- Watch a video from the 1990s that describes what a facility manager does.
- Check out the International Facility Management Association and donate to the IFMA Foundation.