Remember heaving a sigh of relief as you wrote your final exam in your university or polytechnic. You may have thought that would be the end of structured learning and exam writing. It probably did not take you long to realize that learning and exams would become a continuous part of your work life.
To remain relevant in today’s corporate world, professionals need to apply the concept of continuous improvement to their acquisition of knowledge both in and out of the classroom. Facility managers are not exempted from this. Here are 5 reasons why:
- Enhancing your performance
It is not uncommon to struggle with certain areas of your job especially when you are just starting or have been moved to a new department. Talking to those ahead of you and seeking advice from your colleagues who appear to have things in control is always a good way to start.
Also consider going on courses and workshops.
- Keeping abreast of market trends
Facility managers are typically always busy. There never seems to be enough hours in the day! However, this is no excuse to let yourself “fall behind”. Keep our eyes on job skills your peers and even superiors are acquiring. Such skills include IT training, financial courses and so on. The goal is to make yourself employable at any time.
- The power of networking
Attend trade shows and events, read a lot of journals, attend conferences and workshops even outside your immediate field of specialization. Also volunteer to take part in or handle trainings. This will keep you up-to-date and help you interact with people that will push you to strive to better at your job.
- People Skills
As a facility manager, many times your people skills will be handy in saving the day when major issues arise as is bound to happen.
Your ability to calm nerves, handle emotions and conflict can win the approval of customers and get the favorable attention of senior management on your side.
Continuous self-improvement takes time, effort and many times money too, but keeping at it will see you glad and climbing that corporate ladder quickly.