BIFM manifesto for change discussion on Workplace Matters - available now!

Workplace Matters podcast today features two brand new special episodes. Regular host Ian hands over the interview reins to Simon Iatrou of Magenta Associates, to explore the British Institute of Facilities Management’s intentions to change their name to embrace workplace, and seek chartered status.

Simon is joined by key members of the BIFM leadership team: Chairman Steve Roots, CEO Linda Hausmanis, and Director of Insight Chris Moriarty. Ian also joins the discussion in his professional capacity as 3edges Director and workplace insight specialist, to talk about the research work 3edges have been doing for the BIFM over the past year about the future of FM and its relationship to workplace.

The institute's manifesto for change announcement triggered a lot of industry interest and inevitable discussion on social media. It seemed clear from the comments that there were topics and issues worth digging deeper into, to give Workplace Matters listeners and BIFM members an opportunity for much richer context, so we invited the BIFM leadership team to take open questions directly, and come round the table to discuss them on Workplace Matters.

This is essential listening if you have an interest in the future of FM, the role of professional bodies, and especially if you are a BIFM member. The proposed name change is currently open for qualifying member vote on the run-up to and at BIFM's AGM on July 5 in Manchester.

If you’re enjoying the show please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts. It really does help us spread the Workplace Matters word.

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Sheffield Hallam University and 3edges preview engage! - a toolkit for inclusive place design

On May 17, Sinead O’Toole, Future Spaces manager at Sheffield Hallam University, and Ian Ellison from 3edges previewed their new collaborative project at the Workplace Trends Learning Environments conference. engage! is a toolkit for inclusive place design for the higher and further education sectors and beyond. It focuses on learning and working environments, participatory design, and the student experience.

The toolkit was developed to help engage and consult with stakeholders when creating new learning and workplaces. A common challenge, and one Hallam were keen to address directly, is how to ensure that staff are consulted in a meaningful way, feel valued and engage actively from the outset. The toolkit encourages early consultation through consideration of place rather than space.

3edges and the University worked to co-create an innovative, scalable toolkit to use during the early stages of any project to achieve a solid design brief, where project aims reflect strategic goals, and staff remain engaged throughout the project. The toolkit considers a pre-stage to RIBA's Plan of Work entitled ‘strategic visioning’; encouraging the key stakeholders to consider the vision and needs of the building project before thinking about the physical spaces required.

engage! workshops are already in use around the University to support the delivery of Hallam's campus plan; with very positive feedback from Sheffield Business School’s PVC and Faculty Leadership Team.

Hallam and 3edges are keen to share this invaluable tool and are currently exploring ways to fund the commercialisation of the toolkit. You can register your interest to learn more about the developing initative here.

Daniel Ladbury, Director of Estates said, “We want to create an exceptional environment in which to learn and work; this is an exciting opportunity for us to explore ways to deliver a modern, diverse and flexible learning environment that supports Sheffield Hallam to achieve its ambition of becoming the world’s leading applied university but that also attracts, engages and retains its students and staff.”

Ian Ellison, Co-founder and Director of 3edges said, “We were incredibly privileged to be able to work with Sinead, and are delighted with the new opportunities that this emergent commission has created. Our shared knowledge of Hallam helped unlock creative insights together, and we’re really excited to invite other HE sector institutes to embrace this democratising toolkit to create a community of place-making learning together.”

Are you ready to unlock your workplace advantage with 'Essentials of Workplace Leadership'?

Some of the world’s most influential and successful companies use workplace as a tool for competitive advantage. But in many organisations workplace continues to be misunderstood, ignored and mismanaged. The British Institute of Facilities Management has announced plans to embrace workplace as a key differentiator for its members. We're working in partnership with them to enable you to do the same.

Essentials of Workplace Leadership is the first course of our executive Workplace Leadership Programme. It will:

  • Challenge your preconceptions of what workplace is and why it’s important
  • Help you develop a better understanding of how workplace impacts on individual and organisational performance
  • Provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to make more informed decisions about workplace
  • Enable you to assume a leadership role in workplace change initiatives
  • Equip you with the practical tools and methods to evaluate the impact of workplace change

This small-group interactive course will comprise two initial workshop days, interim practical ‘discovery missions’, then a final action-focused review day. Attendance will also entitle you to become part of the executive Workplace Leadership Programme learning community to share ideas and best practice.

Two course options are currently available for 2018:

  • 18/19 July and 6 September in London. For more information and to book click here
  • 7/8 November and 6 December in London. For more information and to book click here

Essentials of Workplace Leadership can also be delivered ‘in-house’ and tailored to your specific business needs. To discuss this option please contact us directly.

We’re running two free taster sessions to provide more information and answer queries:

  • 22 May in Manchester. To attend this free event click here
  • 24 May in London. To attend this free event click here

As Neil Usher says in The Elemental Workplace, "Everyone deserves a fantastic workplace". Let's turn this aspiration into reality together. Unlock your workplace advantage.

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FM + tech: new BIFM knowledge report out now

We've been working the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) as insight partners, following the research we did for them last year to explore the future of the FM profession.

Technology has always played a big role in shaping the way we work, and it is likely to be one of the most significant influences on the facilities management profession in the future. The opportunity that technology presents to change the way FM works is huge, but is FM tooled up for what's coming?

Our latest insight report, Embracing Technology to Move FM Forward, examines the role emerging digital technology will play in the future of FM, for better or for worse. What technology is FM already comfortable with? What about the risk of disruption?

Our research points to four possible scenarios for the FM profession: a digital upgrade, a digital downgrade, a digital displacement or a digital reinvention. But which do FMs see as the likeliest scenario? We draw some provocative conclusions.

We'd love to hear what you think of the report. Please get in touch to let us know.

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New podcast episode - exploring future work scenarios

Jeff Saunders, Director at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, joins Ian for part 2 of our Workplace Matters Danish workplace mini-feature. CIFS, who have been around since the 60s, recently completed a seven-year six book collaboration with facilities services giant ISS with the publication of their ‘Future of Work, Workforce and Workplace’ capstone white book.

In a world where every other LinkedIn post seems to be about future this, that or the other, this was a rare privilege to spend some time with a seasoned expert representing an organisation that has been helping firms of all shapes, sizes and types think strategically - in the true sense of the word - for half a century. Well worth a listen...

 

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Latest podcast with Peter Ankerstjerne - out now!

Peter Ankerstjerne, former long-standing Chief Marketing Officer of global facility services provider ISS, joins Ian for part 1 of our Workplace Matters Danish workplace mini-feature. The discussion goes under the bonnet of the global facility services megacorp that employs almost 500,000 people worldwide to explore ideas about workplace, FM, innovation strategies, digital technology, and - yes, they go there - the future of work!

This episode was recorded at the ISS global headquarters. It’s more than a shop front and a HQ: it’s a living lab for their own ideas about future workplace, which - in a tech-enabled art of the possible way - they bring to life fantastically in a video called 'how Internet of Things technology brings the workplace into the future'. Well worth a watch...

Listen to the episode on loads of platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. All links (and direct streaming) are available here.

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Image from ISSworldservicesTV video (2017)

Workplace Matters BIFM Q&A special

Coming early June we've got a super-important special episode of Workplace Matters for you. The British Institute of Facilities Management's Chairman Stephen Roots, CEO Linda Hausmanis, and Director of Insight Chris Moriarty will be joining Ian for a panel discussion, to be chaired by seasoned FM commentator Simon Iatrou, Content Manager at PR firm Magenta, and until recently editor at industry on-line journal i-FM.

If you could put one question to the panel about BIFM's proposals to change its name to the 'Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management' (IWFM) and pursue chartered body status, or the institute's manifesto for change and 'workplace' more generally, what would it be? Well, now's your chance - please get involved!

Send your questions to communications@bifm.org.uk or post them on Twitter to @BIFM_UK by May 2. We'll be recording the discussion show the following week.

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New BIFM knowledge report by 3edges - out now

We've been working the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) as insight partners, following the research we did for them last year to explore the future of the FM profession.

On March 1, BIFM made the landmark announcement that it intended to change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. This comes at a time where the notion of ‘workplace’ continues to receive increasing business attention. Inspired by exemplars leading the way, organisations are starting to see the opportunity to rethink their working environments to positively influence their organisational performance.

However, because workplace means different things to different people, it can be misunderstood or undervalued. Out latest knowledge report, Embracing workplace to move FM forward, seeks to raise awareness and understanding of workplace amongst practitioners, and to encourage them to think about what workplace means for them. Written for a wide readership, with a mixture of provocative thinking and practical tools, the report explores the workplace opportunity and how we can take advantage of it.

We'd love to hear what you think of the report. Please get in touch to let us know.

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Embracing workplace to move FM forward

Ian at BIFM learning event, 18 April, Manchester

On April 18 Ian will be joining BIFM's Chairman, Steve Roots, and Herman Miller's Director of Knowledge & Insight, Mark Catchlove, to discuss 'smarter workplaces' at a BIFM Northern Region key learning breakfast event.

These learning events are always tremendously popular, so if you're keen to attend - and can definitely make it - please book your free place on Eventbrite here. Contact Ian @ianellison on the run up to the event with any questions or comments, and be sure to come say hello on the day!  

Thanks to Mark Whittaker for coordinating, and for Autonomous FM for sponsoring this event at Manchester Central.

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Neil Usher back on Workplace Matters!

Workplace author, blogger and executive consultant Neil Usher joins 3edges director Ian Ellison again on the day of his ‘The Elemental Workplace’ book launch; also the day the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) announce their proposal to become the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). Both of these very different, but exciting developments for the workplace discipline are discussed at length, and Neil offers insightful critique as always.

The conversation ends up at one of the new frontiers for workplace - and global society in general - the ethical challenges we face from emerging digital technologies. Further links from the discussion can be found in the show-notes.

Neil was the first ever guest when Workplace Matters launched back in 2016 when he was still Workplace Director at Sky, just before the new Sky Central building, ‘one of the world’s largest, most progressive and amenity-rich agile environments’ started winning awards. Neil left Sky several months later to develop his writing and consultancy aspirations. His initial conversation with Ian is still available as episode 2.

The show is now available on Spotify, as well as Apple Podcasts, Acast, PodBean and CastBox.

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Workplace Matters now on Spotify

We're super-chuffed to have got our Workplace Matters podcast on Spotify. It's still available on Apple Podcasts and Acast, but if you're a Spotify user you've now got the convenience of having our podcast alongside your playlists and favourite tunes! Join those workplace dots and have a binge on great conversations including these with:

  • The Elemental Workplace author and ex Sky Workplace Director Neil Usher
  • Workplace Insight editor Mark Eltringham
  • The Stoddart Review project team leader Polly Plunket
  • BIFM chief insight officer and and ex-Leesman MD Chris Moriarty
  • Chief energy officer of PTHR Perry Timms
  • UCL reader and Brainybirdz co-founder Dr Kerstin Sailer
  • People Analytics author and President & CEO of Humanyze Ben Waber
  • Konnected People MD and ex BIFM chair Julie Kortens
  • Motivational Voice MD Vic O'Farrell
  • Editor of i-FM Simon Iatrou
  • Workplace change agent Will Easton

More episodes coming very soon - be sure to follow/subscribe on your app of choice so you don't miss a thing!

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The workplace pivot: from BIFM to IWFM

It’s going to be a historical 25th year for BIFM. Earlier today, they announced their intent to become the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management through member approval at their AGM on 5th July, and also to actively pursue chartered status. The board and leadership team have worked long and hard on this initiative, informed by research 3edges undertook for them last year. The first public research output is available as a briefing paper called 'FM and the future world of work'. Two further knowledge reports will follow soon, the first exploring the relationship between workplace and FM in more depth, and the second taking a closer look at the impact of emerging technologies on workplace and FM.

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FM's status and tech open to debate

April 10-12 sees the annual Facilities Event at the NEC, Birmingham. It’s a great opportunity to network, take stock of the facilities management (FM) arena, and to learn for free. Ian will be chairing panel debates on April 11 and 12 exploring both FM’s senior contribution and FM’s interrelationship with technology.

PR and communications agency Magenta Associates are busy curating the educational sessions, which also gives us the opportunity for a long overdue conversation with managing director Cathy Hayward about her award winning agency and take on the workplace world, for a future episode of Workplace Matters.

Come and get involved.

If you would like Ian to speak at your corporate event or conference, please get in touch.

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You can register for free here

Bridging the gap between FM & HR

Ian heads over to Copenhagen on 21-22 February to record a Danish mini-series of Workplace Matters podcast episodes (check the January newsletter for more about this) and to speak at the quarterly ISS Business Forum, hosted from their global HQ.

The event topic is “what does it take to make FM and HR collaborate?” and 3edges will present alongside Gallup, EY, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and hosts ISS. It should be a fascinating and provocative event, including the concluding panel debate.

You don’t have to attend the event in person. It’s streaming live on Thursday 22 February from 3-5pm CET - please sign up for the global stream here to be part of the event.

If you would like Ian to speak at your corporate event or conference, please get in touch.

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New #WorkplaceMatters metacast

It's been a busy week at 3edges HQ. Whilst we continue to work with the British Institute of Facilities Management on our collaborative workplace leadership activities, our daily reveal of the Workplace Leadership Manifesto (co-written with Neil Usher) continues, AND we've got two new episodes of Workplace Matters podcast for you! Passionate about the power of workplace? Who, us?! You bet.

Episodes 15 and 16 are parts 1 and 2 of our inaugural metacast, our new feature where i-FM.net editor Simon Iatrou and workplace provocateur Will Easton join 3edges directors James and Ian to explore non-workplace podcasts as tools to unfold novel workplace perspectives. Hosted by the fantastic Kelham Island Brewery in deepest darkest Sheffield, we discuss a diverse range of workplace topics via the Sony Walkman, cyborgs and social media bullies, blue balls of yarn and Saigon in the 1960s. Intrigued? You should be... it's perfect, thought provoking weekend listening. Go enjoy, and please let us know what you think: does the format work, what other perspectives have we missed, and where should we go next?

Here's a link to listen on desktop, iPhone and other smartphones. Don't forget to subscribe to get future episodes automatically, and please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts - it really helps other folks find the podcast. Cheers.

Keen for more? Subscribe to our sparkling new Workplace Matters monthly newsletter for regular updates and carefully crafted, thought-provoking content.

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Image by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash

#WpLeadershipManifesto. Days 1-5

We're one week into the daily reveal of our eighteen-point manifesto for workplace leadership. And, like the early wisps of smoke from a new campfire, interest is starting to catch. This week has been all about the fundamentals: what workplace is, its purpose, and the essence of workplace leadership. Here's a quick run down of the headlines so far. If you want more for each point, search #WpLeadershipManifesto on Twitter or LinkedIn:

  1. Workplace is a discipline.
  2. Workplace exists to enable work.
  3. Workplace leaders enable communities. 
  4. Workplace and workspace are not the same.
  5. Workplace is physical and digital.

Next week's five points will go deeper, following a slightly more sociological path as we begin to nudge at some of the often overlooked realities of workplace leadership, and so by implication where people often go wrong. Follow @_3edges to ensure you see each point as the manifesto unfolds. On 31st January the full manifesto will be available for free download in glorious technicolour here from our website, 3edges.co.uk.

What do you think so far? Get involved. We co-created the manifesto with Neil Usher (workessence.com, author of The Elemental Workplace, out 1 March) in an aim to distil workplace leadership into its fundamentals - yet still embrace its scope, potential and nuance - and to promote reflection and learning. It will underpin our forthcoming Workplace Leadership Programme, in partnership with BIFM. Find your workplace voice comrades. Power to the people.

Keen for more? Subscribe to our sparkling new Workplace Matters monthly newsletter for regular updates and carefully crafted, thought-provoking content. Listen to our podcast, available for all platforms.

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Incoming. A Workplace Leadership Manifesto. 8th January

We love manifestos. Manifestos are a call to arms. A declaration of intent. They signal, fundamentally, positive dissatisfaction. They provide direction to inspire but also enough space to make them your own, to live them yourself. They embody the personality of the authors, the essence of movement they represent. They provide - perhaps above all - opportunity, and the optimism that goes with it.

For all of these reasons we'll take a great manifesto over a 'new' management model every time. (Which are rarely new by the way, and they are never perfect. But you probably knew that already.) So Monday 8th January sees the launch of the Workplace Leadership Manifesto. Co-created by 3edges and Neil Usher (workessence.com, author of The Elemental Workplace, out 1 March), we will release one point each working day of January on LinkedIn and Twitter. And it will underpin our forthcoming Workplace Leadership Programme, in partnership with BIFM.

Follow @_3edges to ensure you get each point as the manifesto unfolds. Search #WpLeadershipManifesto. On 31st January the full Workplace Leadership Manifesto will be available for free download right here on our website. Find your workplace voice comrades, whoever and wherever you are. Get involved. Power to the people.

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Episode 14 of Workplace Matters now available

In episode 14 of Workplace Matters Ian chats with Antony Slumbers, history of art graduate-cum-proptech entrepreneur, futurist and digital advocate. In a wide ranging discussion, Antony explains why the only option for business success is to embrace our digital future and how this will impact upon our workplaces. The office is dead: long live the imaginarium.

Find out more about Antony at www.antonyslumbers.com and read his provocative article on the death of the office.

Please leave us a shiny Workplace Matters review at Apple Podcasts. Email us with feedback and ideas for episodes at workplacematters@3edges.co.uk

Thanks to www.flokk.com London for hosting this episode recording

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A Workplace Matters mashup - podcast in a brewery

We're excited to announce that on 22 November we will be recording a Workplace Matters roundtable discussion with Simon Latrou from i-fm.net and freelance workplace specialist and longtime friend of 3edges Will Easton

We've posed the challenge of bringing a non-workplace podcast episode to the table to share and discuss its relevance to workplace. So expect an interesting and wide-ranging discussion!

This episode will be available in December - subscribe to Workplace Matters in iTunes or Acast to listen to it and other episodes.

Thanks to the fabulous Kelham Island Brewery for letting us use their Loft Bar for the afternoon. 

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Episode 13 of Workplace Matters now available

In episode 13 of Workplace Matters Ian chats with the sparkling Julie Kortens and Vic O’Farrell about the relationship between facilities management and workplace, what they’ve been up to since leaving the BIFM Board, and their fantastic ‘Choice, Chance, Change’ event on 23 November 2017 in London. ¡¡Spoiler alert!! “FM, we’ve always argued, it’s not the right descriptor… It’s bigger than that. Workplace is enormous”. Enjoy!

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