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Networking Tips For Long Island Facility Managers

Networking Tips For Log Island Facility Managers

Sometimes, being an effective and successful facility manager isn't just about what you know -- it's who you know. Networking with others in one's field is an important part of many careers, and facility management is no different. If you've been reluctant to get out there, here are six reasons why you should strongly consider giving it a try:

1. You can find new potential employees.

"Always be recruiting" is an important management strategy. It never hurts to know skilled, talented individuals in your field. If you ever find yourself in need of a new hire, networking with other facility managers gives you an additional resource for obtaining word-of-mouth recommendations for good employees. You'll know you're getting the best talent in the business.

2. It'll save you from reinventing the wheel.

Networking gives you the opportunity to see how different processes or products work in other contexts and circumstances. It's an opportunity to learn from other industry professionals who might have already gone through the same challenges your workplace is dealing with, and gain valuable insight into how you can tackle them better. It's always good to keep your knowledge of trade secrets up-to-date, and learning how other managers get things done is a great way to do that.

3. You'll make valuable allies.

It can be difficult to feel like every decision ultimately rests with you. If you make the wrong choice, your decisions can dramatically impact how your workplace functions. Going to IFMA Long Island meetings, meeting other managers, and making friends gives you a list of people you can contact when you have questions or problems and could use some advice -- or even just a friendly ear from someone who understands your industry.

4. You'll stay current.

Facility management is an ever-evolving field. Employee health and safety, environmentally-friendly products, methods of automation, and energy management solutions are just a few of the areas that advances in technology are continuing to shape. Networking not only helps you keep abreast of these changes, but it can also show you how other facility managers are implementing them to their best advantage. You'll not only stay on top of the safest, most effective, most efficient ways of keeping your facilities running smoothly, but you'll also know what you need to do to keep yourself attractive to potential clients.

5. You can scope out your competition.

Making friends and finding valuable contacts are key parts of networking, but it serves another purpose, too -- it lets you see what the most successful managers are doing right. If your portfolio could use a little expanding, it behooves you to observe how the leaders in your industry work and figure out what you can do to emulate them. You'll also be able to learn about the different challenges facing managers of larger facilities or portfolios, so you won't be left dealing with "growing pains" as your business expands. 

6. It'll broaden your perspective.

Facility management is a very broad field. Having a hospital as a client is a whole other ballgame when compared to managing a university's campus or shopping mall. Even within the same sector, large facilities operate differently from small ones, and those in urban areas don't experience the same things as rural ones. Networking gives you a chance to see how other managers operate in their chosen areas of expertise and gain valuable perspective and insight into your profession. 

In the professional world, networking is just part of business. By going to IFMA Long Island meetings, you can meet other facility managers that are local to you. Even if you've never attended a networking event before -- whether online or in person -- meeting and getting to know other leaders in your industry can only help you. They'll be able to offer you valuable knowledge, strategies of implementing new products and processes, a wider recruitment pool, and a broader perspective.

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