The growth of facilities management in TT
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE Thursday, May 9 2013
OFTEN forgotten, misunderstood or simply not acknowledged, Facilities Management (FM) is an industry that touches the lives of everyone in Trinidad and Tobago, directly or indirectly.
Whether we realise it or not, FM impacts everything from the condition of our public spaces and national treasures to the spaces we occupy daily at work and our ability to operate effectively and comfortably within them.
In order to fully acknowledge the value of the ever-evolving FM industry in TT we must first understand that FM is not a “bucket and mop” business nor does it strictly deal with the operations and maintenance of a building. It deals with the integration of multiple processes to develop and maintain services that support and improve the effectiveness of an organisation’s activities.
Within the built environment, these processes have a direct impact on the people, their workplace and their ability to function safely, comfortably, continuously and productively. The importance of the FM function has been long accepted in developed countries across the world. It is now time to build that knowledge here in TT.
The Chamber’s fourth Caribbean Facilities Management Conference and Expo, scheduled for May 15 and 16 at the Hilton Trinidad, is now the Caribbean’s leading and largest FM industry conference, and has made a significant contribution to efforts to lift the profile of the industry and show its relevance to business.
Within the last ten years there has been a slow, yet steady shift in the way leaders have begun to view the function/role of facilities management within their own organisations. They started appreciating not just the overall management and maintenance of physical assets, that is, building, plant, machinery, equipment, but equally important – its people and its environment.
With the shift in organisational culture to hire proven, quality service providers to handle FM functions, there was also a shift in the understanding of what duties fell within the scope of FM. Some of these include project management, help desk services, space planning, moving and relocation services, ICT, fire and safety, energy and waste management, environmental stewardship, mail delivery and fleet services to name only a few.
Themed “Enhancing Productivity…..Delivering Results,” the Conference will address how facilities management and maintenance service providers and/or personnel can help those they serve increase employee productivity while, simultaneously lowering operating costs by making the link between buildings, workplace environments and overall organisational performance.
Making that connection, for all involved FM professionals and the organisations they serve, will be the impetus for our local FM industry to take another step towards meeting international standards of practice. That is an exciting prospect as we have come very far over the past couple of decades, but still have considerably far to go to help our local organisations better compete on the world stage.
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce remains committed to a leadership role as we seek to educate stakeholders, enhance and expand all aspects of business activities in the country. We invite all business leaders to attend this Conference and see how they can improve productivity in their business.
Registration information on the Conference is available on our website
or by calling the Chamber
637 6966 x 252.