The world of facilities management tech is expanding. Facilities Managers have access to more information than ever before, and the need to optimize systems is delivering systems that are more self-sufficient than ever before. With advances in the IoT and AI, facilities management tech has grown smarter and can increasingly handle its own crises, within reason of course. However, facilities management tech can have additional impacts on the field, even guiding careers.
Facilities Management Is Experiencing a Talent Crisis
In a survey of 2,500 Facilities Managers, researchers found that the average age of today’s Facilities Manager is 50.9 years. This may not seem like a problem, but consider the average age of retirement, which is 62. That means that the average Facility Manager will retire within the next 15 years, and the field is experiencing trouble with attracting new talent. Fortunately, facilities management tech can be used as a lightning rod to attract the next generation of talent.
For instance, millennials want to work in positions that are technology-rich, so deploying new facilities management tech may attract talent. Moreover, technological advances mean workers can focus more on management, not endless service calls and after-hours interruptions. As a result, the traditional arguments against facilities management – which see it as being a dull career and offering lackluster advancement opportunities – fall short.