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Hello and welcome to the June issue of Tomorrow’s FM.

As the Government slowly eases the 10-week lockdown measures, a somewhat-subdued form of British life is likely to emerge in the coming months. The focus over the past couple of weeks has been the easing of restrictions on meeting family and friends in outdoor spaces, but as we approach the end of June, the attention will turn to getting as many people back into workplaces as social distancing permits. This does of course represent a huge shift in how FMs go about their day jobs.

The sheer scale of the task facing the industry is not to be underestimated. Every part of the workplace must be risk-assessed, with new measures previously not even on the agenda now having to be put in place in order to mitigate the potential of further outbreaks.

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This goes far beyond ensuring two-metres social distancing and regular cleaning (although both remain vitally important), it intersects with every part of the workplace, from ensuring the resilience of the supply chain and installing as many touch-free devices as possible to monitoring break-room usage and decommissioning desks in high-capacity areas. In many ways, the very culture of the organisation one works for has to change because, more than ever before, employees will have to become more responsible for the health and wellbeing of others as well as themselves.

The Facilities Show digital week at the end of May highlighted these very issues and offered a glimpse into those working at the forefront of the industry. Sofie Hooper, Head of Policy at the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM), explained how she had seen a much wider recognition of the value of facilities management including frontline workers such as cleaners and security staff. But with this, these frontline roles will see much greater accountability as people come to expect more of them.

With all of this in mind, we’ve tried to take a broad look at the FM response around the return to work; cleaning, security, technology and workplace design have all been covered in extensive detail in this issue. So, no matter which part of the FM world you’re from, there should be something for you here.

Until the next issue.



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