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International Women’s Day

2 blog posts in a week! I must be crazy!

I couldn't give up the opportunity to talk about International Women's Day! Facilities maintenance is an essential aspect of keeping buildings running smoothly, and facilities management/maintenance people play a crucial role in maintaining the safety and comfort of everyone in the building.

While the industry has historically been male-dominated, women have been breaking barriers and making significant contributions in facilities maintenance.

Women in facilities maintenance bring unique perspectives and skills to the job. They often have a keen eye for detail, excellent problem-solving skills, and strong communication abilities. Women also tend to excel in tasks that require patience and attention to detail, making them well-suited to the meticulous work of facilities maintenance/management.

I read up about Lina Hausmanis, after reading her article in January's issue of Facilitate.

Linda Hausmanis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. She joined IWFM in 2018 and has since led the organization through a period of significant growth and transformation.

Before joining IWFM, Hausmanis held senior leadership positions at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She has over 15 years of experience in the facilities management and real estate sectors and is recognized as an influential figure in the industry.

Under Hausmanis' leadership, IWFM has undergone a major rebranding and restructuring process. The organization has expanded its membership and launched several new initiatives aimed at promoting excellence and innovation in the workplace and facilities management industry. These include a new professional development framework, a research program, and an annual awards ceremony.

Hausmanis is also a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and facilities management industry. She has spoken publicly about the need for the industry to be more inclusive and to embrace the talents and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds.

Hausmanis' achievements at IWFM and her advocacy for diversity and inclusion make her an incredible role model for women in the workplace and facilities management industry in England and beyond. Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive facilities maintenance industry for all.

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