Mental Health and ‘Overwork’ Challenging FMs

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A recent survey identifies mental health as the biggest challenge facing the facilities management sector in Europe.

The survey of 750 facility management professionals was conducted for MRI Software’s Voice of the Facility Manager report.

39 per cent of respondents agreed that mental health is a ‘critical’ issue, with 70% indicating that they work beyond their contracted hours – with nearly a third (30%) working at least 10 additional hours each week and over one in 10 (12%) putting in more than 20 extra hours weekly. On the positive side, 54 per cent affirmed that they still enjoy their work to varying degrees and 60% feel they have a good work-life balance, according to the findings.

“Facility managers shoulder the stresses and responsibilities of their daily duties while also ensuring accurate maintenance records and other property data, and it’s taking a toll on their mental wellbeing,” says James Massey, Managing Director of Facilities Management at MRI Software. “The good news is the majority still have a positive outlook, and over half say they would recommend facilities management as a career. That said, technology offers a lifeline, giving them the digital tools they need to boost efficiency, utilize data, monitor buildings, manage energy usage, and predict maintenance hotspots.”

In looking at tech trends in the industry, the report reveals that 30% of FM professionals see new technology and digital disruption as an opportunity and 20% see developments in these areas as “essential to embrace”. Similarly, the  same proportions view advanced data analysis and cloud-based data collection as an opportunity (30%) or essential to embrace (20%).

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The report reveals that two-thirds (67%) of the FM professionals surveyed are considering changing or adopting new FM software, with 38% saying their aim is to boost efficiency and productivity. All respondents report using technology in some form, and 31% say they are employing multiple systems. These include FM software (56%), contractor management software (40%), visitor management software (37%), incident reporting software (37%) and leasing software (33%).

Other key findings in the report include:

  • 54% believe FM will involve tech-enabled tools over the next five years, with 50% also seeing more responsibilities being outsourced
  • 35% have invested in artificial intelligence (AI) or automation software in the last 18 months
  • 44% like or love creating a sustainable workplace as part of their job
  • 46% of FM budgets have increased over the last three years while 24% have stayed the same
  • 52% of FM professionals are to some degree satisfied with the flexibility of their role, with 12% always working remotely and 68% working remotely some of the time

Download the full report here. 

Facility managers shoulder the stresses and responsibilities of their daily duties while also ensuring accurate maintenance records and other property data, and it’s taking a toll on their mental wellbeing …

Staff Reporter

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FMIndustry.com covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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