While COVID-19 has brought much despair, it’s also worth noticing the many new beginnings that the first half of 2020 has brought: Perhaps most notably are the glimpses of environmental repair and the renewed focus on health and wellness, both in the workplace and in the work-at-home environment, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the FacilitiesNet website.
Fresh water, cleaner air, and smog-free city skylines have all been a part of this reduced-activity era. And while these signs of environmental repair should be understood as fleeting — temporary consequences of reduced activity rather than long term stand-ins for true solutions — they’re important determiners of the shifts and trends that will influence our new normal.
As building professionals and facilities managers re-engage with tenants, striving to fulfill new needs and attract demand in this new market, decisions should be made with sustainability as the primary priority. And after watershed events like this pandemic, the human side of sustainability is equally important.
The role of facility management is evolving in real time. The COVID-19 market repair era will require facility management professionals to be strategic overseers with a lens for long-term outcomes. In this season of change, all built environments will require careful reconsiderations, and it will fall to facility management to promote a building culture that stands on the pillars of safety, quality, and efficiency.See the latest posts on our homepage