The facility management profession is undergoing a transformation. Management and staff have recognized a growing knowledge and skills gap. Download our full survey report to see where gaps exist and how to overcome them.
2023 FM TRAINING OUTLOOK SURVEY
Each year, the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and its partners conduct an FM Training Outlook Survey to identify top FM challenges and workforce trends, determine the current need for FM training and credentials, and gauge how sentiments may have shifted over time.The 2023 survey was conducted January through April, 2023. The survey results are presented across four categories:
What are the top challenges facing FMs today? How can organizations improve
retention and overcome staffing pressures?
66% of facility professionals identify staffing & retention as a top challenge for 2023.
54% of FM managers and staff have left or have considered leaving their job in the past year.
The top 3 ways for organizations to retain facility professionals are to provide:
2. Opportunities for professional development.
3. Increased compensation or benefits.
Does an FM skills gap exist in most organizations? Do the benefits of training justify the investment in FM staff development?
86% of FM employers say there’s a gap between the knowledge and skills their team has and what they need to excel.
Training can make an impact, with 81% of FM employers saying that FM training and credentials result in better job performance.
56% of FM employers are planning to implement FM training this year.
What knowledge and skills do FM managers and staff need? How do priorities differ?
FM managers identify strategic planning, capital planning, leadership skills, project management, and sustainability as top training priorities for themselves.
FM managers say their team’s top training needs are environmental health & safety, communication, compliance & standards, leadership skills, and project management.
FM staff say their top training needs are innovation, project management, strategic planning, capital planning, and compliance & standards.
Are professional credentials and qualifications as important in FM as in other professions? What value do they provide for FM staff and employers?
62% of FM managers say that credentials and qualifications are more important in 2023 than in previous years.
86% of FM professionals would pursue an FM credential if their employer supported them financially.
81% of FM employers say a credential or qualification is an influential factor in hiring or promoting FM staff.
81% of FM staff say FM training and credentials result in better credibility within the organization and with clients.
With fewer roadblocks and restrictions on business in 2023, organizations around the world are focused on growth. Workplaces are being retrofitted for optimal functionality and productivity, retail spaces are growing, and building technologies are advancing faster than ever.
This rapid growth is adding strain to already short-staffed FM departments. Competition for FM talent has never been greater. Employee development programs can help improve staff retention and eliminate skills gaps.
For FM professionals, training and credentials are an increasingly popular way to build skills, create job stability, and pave the way for new opportunities.
While 2023 presents a somewhat brighter picture of the work environment overall, we know the issue of retention and recruitment of FM professionals will be a pressing issue for the foreseeable future. Ensuring our existing workforce is highly skilled and credentialed will help offset the shortfall of professionals available in the external FM pipeline.
Stormy Friday, MPA, Hon. FMA, IFMA Fellow
President, The Friday Group
ProFMI Commission Chair
In order for the facility industry to evolve and successfully exhibit value, it is incumbent upon us, as its beloved practitioners, to continually advance our skill sets and employ new knowledge within our organization, collectively raising the bar. As the saying states, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’; we must do our part to raise the tide.
John Rimer, CFM, ProFM
President, FM360 Consulting
The process of gaining a Facilities Management certification leads an individual to think differently about the job. Focus on the operation as a whole becomes important when people begin to understand how the business of Facilities Management can better support the goals and objectives of the company. This results in less unexpected downtime, better efficiency, and happier people that tend to stay longer because the business believes in and invests in them and their long term advancement and earning potential. This is a huge benefit to the company and the individual.
Steve Smith, CFM, CFMJ, MFE, DCEP, DCEP-IT
Director of Physical IT Network, Arvest Bank Operations
All FM companies will need to either train or hire-in the skills required for the future requirements of a new look FM due to the rapid advancements in AI, robotics, and adaptive reuse together with the decline in office usage.
Anonymous Survey Participant
Few other industries (besides FM) require that their staff have such a broad range of skills, from boiler and chiller plant operations, to energy management, to customer relations, to budgets and contract administration. In this field, you can’t just be a jack-of-all-trades, you have to be a master of all.
Anonymous Survey Participant
Since 2019, the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and Building Operating Management (BOM) magazine have been conducting the Facility Management (FM) Training Outlook Survey to determine the need for facility management training and credentials from both the management and staff points of view.
Here’s an overview of the facility managers who participated in the survey: