IFMA Foundation Publishes “Work on the Move 3: Building Better Workplaces After the Pandemic”
HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA – In response to radical behavioral shifts toward working, learning and connecting presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IFMA Foundation today released “Work on the Move 3: Building Better Workplaces After the Pandemic.” The latest volume in a series of groundbreaking books that focus on the evolving world of work, workplace strategy, and the intersection of people, technology and space, “Work on the Move 3” (WOTM3) explores the expanding role of facility management (FM), and the leadership challenges and opportunities associated with delivering effective workplaces post-pandemic.
As governments, businesses, cities and individuals continuing to recover from the social and economic disruption, as well as the emotional toll, of the past 21 months, they are seeking guidance on how best to move forward. Cowritten by 19 industry-respected subject matter experts*, WOTM3 addresses the new hybrid workplace, sustainability and planetary health, employee well-being, diversity and inclusion, and the growing dependence on technology to support a work-from-anywhere future.
“The third edition of ‘Work on the Move’ focuses on positive changes in the near future, revealing opportunities in the post-pandemic recovery period for work, workers, workplaces and for the future role of FM,” said WOTM3 co-editor Michael Schley, founder and board member of FM:Systems. “The book presents exciting opportunities identified amid the pandemic, without minimizing the gravity of the millions of personal stories of illness, furlough, unemployment or loss. As an interconnected planet, we have the capacity and responsibility to balance compassion with the commitment to lift each other up in times of crisis.”
Member of the IFMA Foundation’s 2021-22 board of trustees and WOTM3 co-editor Alexi Marmot added, “Whatever new future knowledge emerges, the power and value of remote working, which has been thoroughly tested on a grand scale and generally proven robust during the pandemic, is now more widely appreciated than ever before.”
Helping FMs and their organizations envision how best to create, operate and manage inspiring, collaborative and effective post-pandemic workplaces, WOTM3 includes chapters on the hybrid workplace, health and wellness, sustainability and design. Emphasizing workplaces that are kinder to human beings and our planet, the diversity, equity and inclusion chapter examines the issues of bias and fairness within the FM profession, as well as the potential that facility management can provide to those who are economically disadvantaged. The technology, real estate and facility services chapters provide insight into the practical business aspects of workplaces in the post-pandemic future. Finally, the chapter on workforce and workplace trends provides a global perspective on how all of these issues have evolved over the years and are likely to proceed into the future.
WOTM3 is available for purchase at https://foundation.ifma.org/news/publications/.
Sponsored by Planon, FM:Systems, ABM Industries, Michael and Karen Schley Foundation, NanSan Foundation, Unispace, IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE), Colliers, Advanced Workplace Associates, The Impec Group and the New York City IFMA Chapter, 100 percent of the book’s profits will support the mission of the IFMA Foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), which invests in and educates the future FM workforce.
*Authors include William Buller, Anthony Caron, Edward Connolly, Angela Johnson Culver, Jodi Davidson, Albert DePlazaola, Chris Hood, Erik Jaspers, Arnold Craig Levin, Max Luff, Alexi Marmot, Kate North, Scott Redabaugh, Michael Schley, Kelly Spinola, Celeste M. Tell, Pat Turnbull, Maureen Welch and Lisa Whited.
About the IFMA Foundation
Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and a separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote leading research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors, and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit foundation.ifma.org.
Founded in 1980, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest, most widely recognized association for facility management (FM) professionals. Supporting more than 20,000 members in 135 countries, IFMA’s mission is to advance our collective knowledge, value and growth for FM professionals to perform at the highest level. IFMA is a key contributor to the development of international FM standards and works with decision makers to inform FM-related policy. IFMA provides career resources and continuing education, offers three industry-respected credentials, maintains the largest repository of FM-related content on the web and hosts year-round global events. Among the values that guide us, we believe in the benefit of global diversity, inclusion and social equity; and we recognize that sustainability, resilience and responsible environmental stewardship are paramount. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit ifma.org.