Facility Managers, Coordinators, Directors… this is for you! Facility Chat is a podcast for facility management professionals driven to improving efficiencies, solving challenges, and evolving the workplace. Sponsored by the BC Chapter of IFMA, Facility Chat will inform, inspire, and connect professionals to leading edge knowledge and industry trends. Facility Chat is hosted by Kimberly Whyman. Kimberly has worked in facility management for the past 19 years; with a focus on the design, construction, maintenance and operational management of corporate offices.
Episode 8 - Current Trends in the Commercial Real Estate Market
32:14Have you been trying to figure out your commercial real estate needs in today's world of hybrid working? In this episode, we speak with Matt Carlson, the Co-Founder of Floorspace, about current trends in the commercial real estate market. From co-working, sublease, turnkey, or standard lease options, Matt leads us in a discussion that will help facility professionals assess their corporate real estate needs and provide value-added analyses to inform the decisions companies need to make.
Episode 7 - Becoming the Leader You Were Meant To Be
39:30In this episode we explore leadership--specifically, how facility professionals can become the leader they were meant to be. What does it take to be one of those great leaders who inspire, engage, and support their teams towards success? Our guest is going to help us discover what it takes… John Whitehead is a professional leadership coach and trainer who builds team cohesion and increased performance results by focussing on how we communicate and behave. By guiding participants down a path of self examination and awareness, John is able to help professionals learn how to be the leaders they were meant to be.
Episode 6 - Managing Your Stress so You Don’t Hit the Burn Out Wall
43:08Facility professionals have experienced a higher than usual level of stress over the past 2 1/2 years, and many have struggled to navigate that stress, battled exhaustion, burn out and mental illness. In this episode we'll discuss how facility professionals can better manage stressors, how we can all identify our triggers, and what actions can we take before we hit the burn out wall. Listen in, reflect, and learn how to support yourself and others within our community as we continue to navigate uncertain times. Guest: Katie Wyka - Performance Coach at Clio Resources: The Maslach Burnout Inventory Brave New Work: 77 - Beating Burnout w/ Anne Helen Peterson
Episode 5 - The Life of a Facility Management Professional
38:42In this episode we chat with three top Facility Management professionals, the topic: what is it like to work as a facility professional. Listen in as we find out why we do what we do, what challenges us, what inspires us, and how each of our guests are changing the workplace for the better. If you're wondering about a career in facility management, just starting out, or have been in the industry for years, this episode will provide valuable insights, perspectives and pro tips from the experts! Guests: Jeremy Trigg - Director, Facility & Environmental Management at VanCity; Lauren Orjala - Account Manager at CBRE
Episode 4 - Designing an Inclusive Workplace
26:58So what is an inclusive workplace? An inclusive workplace is one where people with all kinds of differences, abilities, and identities feel welcome, valued, and safe to be their authentic selves. One that allows everyone to easily navigate and use the workspaces and access workplace amenities. An inclusive workplace strives to better the human experience. Facility professionals and designers are leading the evolution of the workplace to incorporate diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity into workplace design. Listen to hear more about how you can do the same for your workplace! Guest: Lynn Hughes - Principal at SSDG Interiors
Episode 3 - Solving Sound Problems in Your Workspaces
25:02Sound issues can create a very negative experience in the workplace and can lead to confidentiality breaches and unwanted distractions for employees and visitors. The good news is there are solutions that can solve sound problems. In this episode we dive into some common causes for sound issues within the workplace and discuss a variety of solutions facility professionals can consider. Listen in to find out how you can make your workplace more sound! Guest: Danielle Macey - Workplace Acoustics Specialist & Partner at Vibra-Sonic Control
Episode 2 - Construction Trends for a New and Evolved Workplace
31:08Facility professionals are being asked to reinvent the spaces we work in and to shape the future of what a workplace will be, how it will be used, and what it will look like. Construction is a big factor that inputs our options and decisions about our built environments. This episode highlights construction trends for a post pandemic evolved workplace; what to ask for, key considerations, and how to navigate the retrofit or build of your workplace. Guest: Matthew Piry - Principal at Curve Construction Group
Episode 1 - Work Better: Getting Back to a Better Normal
22:40As facility management professionals plan the post pandemic reality of their workplace, they are all trying to figure out how to design workplace operations, layout, usage and support. In this episode we discuss strategies for facility management professionals to help them create an innovative, safe and better workplace for everyone to thrive. Guest: Gale Moutrey - VP Workplace Innovation at Steelcase