By Katie Torres
There are two songs that I vividly remember singing in choir class as a third grader; one was Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again". The other was a song called, "Knowledge is Power".
Though I've searched and searched Google, I can't find the exact origins of this second song. But, its meaning has stuck with me since I heard it as a kid.
This is the chorus of the song:
"Knowledge is power. I know what I know.
The more you learn, the farther you'll go.
When you get an education you'll be taking a stand.
Because knowledge is power. Grab it while you can. Yo!"
(Yeah, the "yo!" was my favorite part too, not gonna lie.)
Our third grade choir teacher was instilling a lesson in us that would be important for the rest of our lives:
Keep learning. The more you know, the more you'll be able to accomplish.
This is true in every area of life, including your FM department.
How it applies...
Your FM department is completely dependent on how much information you have to make the best decisions possible.
You need to know about current trends within facilities maintenance, how a changing economy and workforce will affect your FM department's effectiveness, how to save money by making data-driven decisions, etc.
So before you ever even manage your first work order, you should make it a priority to learn.
Reach out to other leaders in the industry. Follow the influencers on social media. Look for the people who are where you want to be, and ask them how they did it.
Facilities maintenance is about much more than fixing what's broken.
It is the foundation that you will build your brand upon.
Actively pursuing and applying knowledge will continue to add value to your FM department, and to your company as a whole.