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Facility managers step out from behind the scenes

June 21, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA — New survey results from Staples Advantage suggest that more than 70 percent of today''s office workers recognize that the role of facility managers in the workplace is changing and becoming increasingly strategic to the business, according to a press release.

Misconceptions about facility managers seem to be dissipating with more than 80 percent of respondents accurately identifying the role''s management responsibilities and a majority recognizing its strategic importance with professionals often serving as an organization’s sustainability champion, the release stated.

According to the release, the Staples Advantage survey suggests the U.S. workforce is aware of, and appreciates, the facility managers that not only keep businesses going "as usual," but frequently go above and beyond the call of duty.

"Our survey suggests that not only are facility managers viewed as office heroes, they are also thought of as strategic decision makers," said Lisa Hamblet, vice president for the facility solutions and service business of Staples Advantage.

"Facility managers are coming out from ''behind the scenes'' when it comes to maintaining the health of a building and its tenants. The workforce now understands that the facility manager role is evolving daily," Hamblet added.

Visit our Facebook page to see a series of videos with Staples'' own facility manager, Ted LeBlanc.

Click here to read the complete release.