Hello Workplace

The results have now been announced and members have voted to approve the Board's recommendation to change the Institute’s name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).

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Read BIFM Chairman Steve Root's statement here


Responding to your Views

BIFM has announced plans to develop its services to members, to include ‘workplace’ in its name and to work towards establishing facilities management as a chartered profession

Engage with our Change programme

Video: Here is Director of Insight Chris Moriarty at the Euro FM conference in June talking about the BIFM’s proposals for change and making the case for workplace. [Chris begins speaking at 32:40]



Webinar: In a recent BIFM Webinar Stephen Roots, Linda Hausmanis and Chris Moriarty outline the key elements of the Manifesto, including what this means for FM, and for a twenty-first century professional body.




Podcast: A Workplace Matters Special two-part podcast from research brand 3edges features Stephen, Linda and Chris joined in conversation by researcher Ian Ellison and journalist Simon Iatrou talking all things BIFM, including the research documents below. Click the logos for your preferred podcast option:

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The Manifesto for Change

In response to research with BIFM members, the BIFM Board has recommended that the Institute changes its name from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and begins the path to attaining chartered body status.

The announcement, which was made on 1 March 2018, sets the Institute the twin tasks of helping members to improve their skills and their status to meet the needs of modern organisations, and of raising the profile of facilities management and the understanding of the value it contributes.

BIFM Chair, Steve Roots, has introduced the manifesto in the Institues' 25th anniversary year, and is keen to understand the attitude of members to this proposal: “As a professional body, the work we do to raise professionalism in the industry is funded by our members. It is therefore for you to say if you support this proposed name change and you will have the chance to vote for or against it at the Institute’s AGM on the 5th of July.”






Why Workplace?

In today’s economy people can and do, work anywhere, not just in offices or shops but at home, on site and on the go. Meanwhile, workplaces themselves represent a significant proportion of any operation’s costs, so when organisations bring people together in workplaces, there needs to be a value to doing so. That value comes about through making connections and feeling a sense of joint purpose and direction.

This changes the role of FMs to one of empowering work wherever it takes place, and of making workplaces productive. It’s no longer just about how many people you can fit into a space or how cheap services can be, it’s about how you can help people optimise their performance.

This is a new opportunity which is:

  • broader than traditional FM and

  • more complex than traditional FM – embracing modern technology to identify ways of increasing productivity and minimising cost and downtime.


Workplace: The Opportunity

People ask how the term workplace can apply to the broad range of work BIFM members do? Because workplace means different things to different people, it can be misunderstood or undervalued. So, the Institute has produced further analysis of views on workplace and how we can embrace the unique opportunity it presents for the FM profession: a chance to connect its work directly into core business strategy.

The latest research, carried out as part of our insight partnership with workplace and research specialists 3edges contains a mixture of provocative thinking and practical tools. It explores the workplace opportunity and how FMs can take advantage of it.




Technology: Its Role in Moving FM Forward

Technology has always played a big role in shaping the way we work, and it is likely to be one of the most significant influences on the facilities management profession in the future.  The opportunity that technology presents to change the way FM works is huge, but it will have to be leveraged by skilled and knowledgeable professionals; those who understand how best to facilitate the convergence of people, place and process for business. Embracing Technology to Move FM Forward is the latest report from BIFM, developed in collaboration with 3edges examines the role technology – particularly digital technology - will play in the future of FM, for better or for worse. Which technologies we are already comfortable with and which disruptive technology may be lurking around the corner. The research points to four possible scenarios for the FM profession; a digital upgrade, a digital downgrade, a digital displacement and a digital reinvention. But which do FMs see as the likeliest scenario?

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For queries raised about the proposal email us at: communications@bifm.org.uk