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IFMA weighs in on the working from home vs. office debate

February 27, 2013

HOUSTON, TX — The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is helping to reshape the way organizations think about their workplaces, according to a press release.

The traditional notion of an office as a place you go to do work is giving way to a new perspective that an office is a tool, the release stated.

ifma logo"If you start with the basic premise that an office is a tool instead of simply a place you go to work, you can draw some pretty profound conclusions. For one thing, a tool can be shaped to do different jobs. You wouldn't use a hammer to tighten a screw any more than you'd want a law office operated out of an industrial warehouse. IFMA's 23,000 facility managers are helping organizations shape their offices to meet their unique needs," said IFMA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tony Keane, CAE.

"We're also realizing that even the best office won’t always be the best place to work. You don't use the same tool for every job. Some jobs will be better done in the office, while others may be better done remotely. Some employees will always need to be at a desk, while others won't. Thinking of the office as a tool frees you from the idea that there's only one way to do every job," Keane added.

According to the release, Keane and IFMA aren't just talking theory, they are leading by example; last week, IFMA cut the ribbon on its brand new Houston-based headquarters, The Service Center of Excellence.

By utilizing leading-edge technology to empower worker mobility, IFMA was able to cut useable square footage by nearly half compared with the old office; this cost-saving, environmentally conscience feat was accomplished even as the organization itself continues to grow its membership, staff and services offered, the release noted.

The current trend among the leading-edge facility managers is to think of the workplace as a resource, and then let the employee decides which aspect of the workplace resource is the best fit for their current task, the release added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.