The Facility Management profession has faced labor workforce challenges for years. However, preliminary results from recent IFMA studies have revealed seismic shifts in the workforce demographics, with an influx of newer (and younger) professionals in the FM workforce than previously observed in other studies.

These changes in the FM workforce demographics highlight the need to capture and disseminate the institutional knowledge possessed by many seasoned professionals to the incoming facility managers.

In what is one of the first studies to explore succession planning in facility management, IFMA commissioned a pilot project with three objectives:

  1. prepare a high-level definition of FM succession planning
  2. broadly understand the use of succession planning tools in FM, and
  3. identify the preferred FM succession planning tools moving forward.