Empowering Women in Facilities Management

Categories: Diversity & Inclusion, Facilities Maintenance

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Flagship Facility Services is celebrating all the women who have contributed to the advancement of facilities management – an industry traditionally dominated by men.

In fact, Women in Facilities Management – the only professional organization in the US focused solely on the advancement of women in facilities management – cites a recent study that found that men still outnumber women in facilities management leadership roles by an astounding nine to one.

Fortunately, this trend is slowly changing. Like so many other industries, facilities management is experiencing a shortage of workforce talent, which has opened the door for women to fill more roles – both in leadership and in the field.

As women enter the business, they are being recognized for their strong ability to empathize, motivate and communicate – all crucial skills within the facilities management sector.

After all, facilities management leaders are responsible for creating safe and supportive work environments for a varied group of employees. Women continue to prove that they’re uniquely qualified to succeed at this job.

Whether you’re a woman considering a facilities management career or a well-established professional, you can achieve success with these three tips:

  1. Embrace the Change.

    Facilities management has been evolving for decades, but never at a faster rate than the past few years. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has played an enormous role in this change. But the introduction of new technologies and the formalization of the discipline have also contributed.

    As the industry continues to transform and grow, women should seize the opportunity to challenge conventional norms and set new boundaries.

    There’s no better time to apply for a leadership role or present a novel idea. Finally, women’s risks are beginning to pay off.

  2. Sharpen Your Skills.

    Training and continuing education are key to professional growth no matter the trade. But the right certifications can help you stand out in a crowded facilities management field.

    The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) are among the dozens of professional organizations that offer career development opportunities for employees at every level.

    Staying on top of facilities management training and trends will not only impress employers, but it will give you the confidence you need to thrive.

  3. Stick Together.

    Surrounding yourself with other capable professionals (especially women) is another great way to remain informed and inspired.

    “I have been very fortunate to have worked with extraordinary women throughout the entirety of my career,” said Stephenie Medina, Flagship’s Internal Communications Manager. “They are intelligent, successful, hardworking, driven, creative, courageous and somehow make it look easy to juggle work and family life. From each of them, I have received immeasurable pieces of mentorship and guidance that have helped mold me.”

    Industry events, such as the Women in FM panel that takes place at IFMA’s annual World Workplace conference, are the perfect place to connect with and learn from facilities management experts.

Flagship is proud to employ a diverse workforce and support initiatives such as the Women’s Employee Resource Group in support of our women employees, who represent the best of facilities management.

Get to know some of Flagship’s extraordinary women leaders here.

As you can see, women are making their mark on the Flagship organization, paving the way for others in facilities management to do the same.

For more Inclusion & Diversity Employee Action content, visit Flagship’s IDEA blog.