October 2022
As many companies communicate firmer “return to the office” guidance this fall, a new CBRE survey of 176 companies shows that a wide gap between manager and employee sentiment persists when it comes to regular attendance in the office — leaving open the question of whether employees will actually return at a regular cadence that endures over time.

The survey, conducted for CBRE in August by CoreNet Global, gauged the sentiments of senior leaders at 176 companies in the U.S. and Canada on topics such as the progress of their return to the office, the amenities they have added or improved, and their plans for expanding or contracting their office portfolios.

In the first eight months of this year, many companies sought to ease employees back to their offices rather than mandate attendance. In September, several high-profile companies attracted headlines by enacting firmer attendance guidelines, and anecdotal accounts describe busier commutes in some markets. Still, CBRE’s survey found even in August that 58% of companies reported employees were working in the office less often than executives expected. That’s in comparison to 39% who said attendance was ideal and 3% who said it was more than anticipated.

Global digital infrastructure authority Uptime Institute recently announced the results of its 12th Annual Global Data Center Survey. The findings show an industry that is growing, dynamic and increasingly resilient, but still working to address increasing regulatory pressure for sustainability progress and reporting, continuing staffing shortages, supply chain delays, costly outages and other complex challenges.

The Global Data Center Survey is considered the most comprehensive in the digital infrastructure industry. It provides detailed insights into the digital critical infrastructure landscape and a sense of its future trajectory. Key findings include:
  • Many data center operators are unprepared for mounting sustainability requirements and regulations.

Will Webster, regional vice president and SME for ABM Facility Services, met with Eileen McMorrow, editor-in-chief, The McMorrow Reports, to discuss how ABM Engineering+ delivers more value through comprehensive, customized solutions and specialized technical services. Corporations, healthcare systems and higher-education institutions are challenged to find trained and qualified engineers to operate and maintain facilities. With more than 10,000 on-site engineers and 1,750 maintenance technicians on the road, ABM is one of the largest providers of on-site engineering solutions in the U.S. ABM’s team answers questions about how it provides its unique-to-the-industry solutions.

Please provide insight on the NFPA 70E and other technical training from qualified instructors, resulting in reduced risk, safer work practices, increased compliance and greater career opportunities for on-site staff.

Will Webster: ABM provides NFPA 70E training in-house with our own Electrical Safety SMEs who have NETA training. This reduces the overall cost for technical training and the cost to our clients. Our technical training covers a variety of subjects like HVAC, energy savings, electrical, etc. For the HVAC training, we cover topics like refrigerant recovery, troubleshooting, controls, cooling tower maintenance, IAQ and chiller annuals. 

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and federal partners recently made training available to help airport employees identify an insider threat or potential human trafficking. AAAE’s 9,000 members represent over 850 airports. AAAE and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) developed a virtual Insider Threat Training Course to help badged workers recognize and report behaviors and activities that could indicate a threat to airport safety and security. AAAE's Human Trafficking Prevention Training joins the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to support the Blue Lightning Initiative, which trains airport tenants and staff on how to identify potential traffickers and victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement.

Whether enjoying the company of others or blending different thinking styles, gather around Troupe to foster social connections.

Inspired by Versteel’s metalworking heritage and the possibilities of steel in architecture, Troupe redefines modern industrialism with simple, elevated details. Strong lines and soft curves collide to create a beautifully dynamic aesthetic. The tapered steel legs are formed and layered into an inverted shape to create a light, unique profile. Outfit Troupe with various power and data options, concealing wires within the concave leg.

Specify Troupe with options designed to complement a variety of formal and informal gathering spaces. Choose from three heights and top shapes (rectangle, square, and round) in varying sizes. Mix and match powder coat colors for dual-tone or monochromatic color schemes. Troupe is designed exclusively for Versteel by Qdesign.

Fast reads . . .
Employers across the globe are facing similar challenges as it relates to their facility management (FM) workforce. How can you recruit new team members and what if they’re new to FM? What are the best strategies for retaining current team members? How can you elevate your FM teams with enhanced FM knowledge and skills?

The ROI of FM Training is an eBook that explores these challenges and the ways in which training and upskilling can help you meet your goals. See current research and real-world examples to illustrate the ROI of FM Training. Current FM Trends detailed include the talent shortage, FM skills gap and shift in space management for hybrid work options.

The eBook’s resources include the American Upskilling Study by Gallup in 2021 and the 2022 FM Training Outlook Survey by the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI). The value of FM training and upskilling is detailed with graphics, such as:
  • Top 4 Benefits of FM Training and Credentials, as Identified by Managers
  • Top 4 Benefits of FM Training and Credentials, as Identified by Employees

U.S.-based Trojan Battery Company is introducing its 24- and 36-volt lithium-ion batteries for floor-cleaning applications October 10-13 at Booth 1151 of the ISSA Show North America 2022. The new batteries are the latest addition to Trojan’s trusted family of lithium-ion products, which also includes a GC2 48-V Lithium-Ion Battery, launched in 2021.

Trojan Lithium-Ion Battery benefits include: 
  • Long lifetime with virtually zero maintenance
  • Boosts runtimes and slashes downtime
  • Comes with an 8-year warranty
  • Fast charging and opportunity charging
  • Reduces total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Helps to reduce the number of machines needed and labor costs

Education sessions and Product Zones are the most important reason to attend NFMT Remix in Las Vegas, November 2-3. For Pro and Elite attendees, there are 60-minute sessions focused on foundational principals of Facilities Management. The key trends of technology, safety and sustainability tend to be cross-functional and have a major impact on overall facilities strategies. These sessions are geared as more introductory sessions. Think Tanks, for Elite attendees, are 60-minute informal discussions focused around either a specific building type or trend. This will allow you to network with your peers in a small group environment. Attendees can pull up a chair and ask your questions to like-minded facilities managers from around the country. Each roundtable will have an official moderator to help guide the conversation.

Concurrent Sessions run on Wednesday and Thursday, while Product Zone Sessions are featured during the Expo hours between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Women in FM panel and a reception conclude Wednesday’s activities.