IFMA Facility Fusion Washington, DC | April 18, 2014
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) held its Facility Fusion event at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, on the banks of Potomac River just below Washington DC. The 2 day event took place on April 15 and 16, covering a diverse range of educational and leadership topics, in conjunction with an exhibition hall and networking events.
Qube Global Software utilized this forum as an opportunity to gather information on how Facility Managers truly feel on the subject of collaborative space. Sampling more than 100 professionals on the subject, a few key points resounded.
- Although a large majority of those responding were in support the concept of collaboration for improved optimization of space, it was agreed that open space can be a distraction to the ability to stay focused.
- It was a 50/50 split on whether respondents would willingly give up their office space in exchange for the casual lay out of an open floor plan: 50% would give up 4 walls in order to keep their job, regardless of the distractions.
- The attitude as summarized in that although agile workspace is a great way to optimize on existing floor plans, it’s not for everyone.
Sharon Miller Trackman, Director of Marketing, was pleased with the amount of respondents to the survey. Additional research will be accumulated and summarized for publication. “It is apparent that Corporate Real Estate professionals require the tools to quickly adapt to the need for collaborative space. However, there seems to remain a fine line between what team members want and what management wants them to have.”