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FIRST PERSON CAREER CLINIC JULY 2014 53 FMJ.CO.UK make people look up to you, get you more money, or these things? I would hope that the person who wins this award, which is honouring someone for making an / to the FM sector, should be on the radar of any company. This includes the one that they work for. It means they are someone who is not only & => & and listened to within their own company. Congratulations on your win, but don’t just leave the award on your mantelpiece. ‚ *9 =>> through, they will be in the ‘looking up to you’ category, help them achieve and if the award does further your career, well, there’s nothing wrong with that! THE END-USER’S VIEW GUY STALLARD, CHAIRMAN, FMA USER GROUP AND THE UK HEAD OF FACILITIES AT KPMG 5 positive gesture that continues to motivate the brightest and emerging stars within FM to continue raising the bar. Guy Stallard Why are industry awards coveted? In most cases it 9 show the capabilities of an organisation. For the individual or team, an award will provide a real motivational boost as well / — There is certainly kudos for an employer to have an awardwinning team under its roof. But what happens if the individuals —" / better in the long term than awards. Awards for suppliers can demonstrate to clients their an advantage. But accreditation shows that the organisation has shown consistency and capability to such a degree that governing bodies within the industry have endorsed them. Awards, particularly FM industry accolades, are very good for the individual or team in terms of getting recognition from peers for an outstanding performance or achievement. # / continue to be desirable, especially as the industry continues to grow and competition remains intense. Organisations, particularly suppliers, should continue to strive for awards and the kudos that such recognition brings, but also obtain accreditations like ISO27001 that will allow them to demonstrate their reliability and capability of their core processes. This is what will ultimately keep clients and attract new business, as customers want to know they are using leading edge core processes. THE CONSULTANT’S VIEW DAVE WILSON CFM, EFFECTIVE FACILITIES I can’t think of an industry worth the name that doesn't have awards, nor have I heard any arguments against the idea. Award recognition from / to our self-esteem. But do employers or clients really give these awards any credence? Is the award process genuinely objective? And are there simply too many awards? As a sometime award winner and a one-time BIFM judge I *< / Does anyone beyond your friends and colleagues care? No, is the simple answer. Prospective clients and employers will be polite and gracious in praise, but the awards won’t add + / Sorry about that. 5 9 * the awards process objective, despite persistent (and wholly unfounded) rumours that awards tend to go to sponsors. What does happen is that awards tend to go to large companies, and large companies tend to be sponsors … that’s not causation, ' 9 4 * their task seriously. Which leaves the question as to whether there are just too many awards – by which I don’t just mean that Ifma, BIFM, PFM, EuroFM, GlobalFM and others all have awards, but just that there are too many categories. That, I think is self-evidently true. That each award has a sponsor, and thus / * awards nights not only bloated but inconsistent (and if you think BIFM’s bad, you should attend Ifma’s world workplace where the awards seem to last all week!). Apart from a handful of top awards the categories change so much that any sense of continuity is wholly absent, which must detract from the value of winning. But having said all that, I would encourage anyone with a good, strong and unique story to tell to enter. The taking part and the assessment is always valuable, and if you win then ' Do you have a question that you’d like answered by the FMJ Career Clinic? Email: charlie.kortens@kpmmedia.co.uk


Facilities Management Journal July 2014
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