Category : Change Management

The Building People Welcomes Jeanie Wine as our Human Resources Manager

JeanieThe Building People are excited to introduce Jeanie Wine as our new Human Resources Manager. Jeanie brings over twenty-five years experience as a manager in all aspects of the human resources life-cycle. As the Human Resources Manager, Jeanie uses her expertise to continue The Building People’s focus on the most important resource—our people. Our goal is to ensure we have the best people practices in place and continue to be one of the best places to work.

For the past ten years, Jeanie was the U.S. Chief Human Resources Officer in a global corporate law firm as they grew to over 5,000 people in over forty offices. In her position she managed all facets of human resources to include employee relations, workforce alignment, recruitment, diversity program management, benefits, human resource information systems, performance management, wellness, citizenship, and administrative support. In her previous position, Jeanie was the first Vice President of Resource and Development with Jane’s Information Group, the renowned London-based open source information company, where she had local office responsibility to include human resources, facilities and operations management, as well serving on the Board.

Jeanie’s consistent collaborative approach and ability to anticipate needs with a hands-on approach make her a key team member in payroll transitions, outsourcing facilities management, human resource information systems automation and office transitions to keep up with the ever changing environment.

Jeanie has a B.S. degree in Management and Human Resources from Park University, and is designated as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resources Management, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

The Building People in the November RICS Property Journal : “Assets fit for the future”

Don’t miss Thassets-fit-for-future-rics-journale Building People’s Lawrence Melton and Charles Dilley feature article “Assets fit for the future,” published in the November Issue of RICS Property Journal where they introduce readers to the global challenges facing public-sector asset managers and the strategies they seek to adopt to address the future of the industry. Access the published article at RICS here.

The Building People’s International Research Featured in this Month’s RICS Property Journal

This month’s RICS Property Journal features The Building People’s international research in which we examine public sector asset management around the globe to identify common challenges and strategies to resolve some of the systemic issues across the sector. The complete research report, Public Sector Asset Management (PSAM): Roundtable Report, had participants from more than thirty countries responsible for trillions in real property assets.

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NFMT Austin, Texas – IoT and the Workplace: A Case Study

For those at NFMT Austin, TX, come join our CEO Lawrence Melton and a panel of GSA executives at 10AM CST as they investigate the impact of IoT on the workplace.

nfmtaustGSA’s Total Workplace initiative was established to help agencies make the most of their office space, in part via adoption of mobile, collaborative technologies and policies, such as wireless local area networks, cloud computing, virtual private networks, teleworking, and desk sharing and hoteling. The goal: Reduce the amount of real estate agencies need and, in turn, cut their office expenses and carbon footprints. How has the Internet of Things impacted the initiative? Attend this session for best practice examples from two executive change agents within GSA on how this transformation has worked well — and the challenges that lie ahead.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review GSA’s “IT Workplace of the Future” concept
2. Analyze a GSA High-Performance and Workplace case study
3. Discuss key findings from GSA leadership regarding future benefits and challenges to IT adoption and expansion

Start Time: 5/3/2016 10:00:00 AM CST
End Time: 5/3/2016 10:50:00 AM CST

Presented by:Lawrence A. Melton
CEO and President
The Building People

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Room Number: 9A

 

Agile Knowledge Management at the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service

The Project Management Institute (PMI), the foremost leader in project management best practices, has released a knowledge management pilot study conducted by the General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service (PBS) in their Rocky Mountain Region, that leverages existing applications to harness their knowledge management capabilities towards a long term solution for this immense organization. You can read the study published by PMI here.

The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team was formed and conducted an internal inventory of potential KM approaches. Google Sites/websites and Salesforce Chatter were available within PBS as potential KM tools, and were subsequently configured to support a KM pilot program with Region 8 property managers. After the successful pilot, additional KM initiatives using combinations of the Google Sites/Chatter format were developed as part of the current KM initiative, and as independent initiatives. This rapid piloting approach was later referred to by the team leadership as “Agile Knowledge Management,” given its emphasis on the customization of preexisting/prepaid software tools for quickly meeting the information needs of PBS professionals. Lessons learned and critical succes factors included the importance of sustained leadership support; the availability of cost effective tools that can be easily customized to serve users; dedicated staffing to coordinate regular system maintenance and updates; and direct team dialogue for sustaining agility in fluid or turbulent organizational environments.
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Come Join The Building People for the Agile Workplace Conference Tomorrow, Sep15th, 2015 in Washington DC

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Come join The Building People for the 5th annual Agile Workplace Conference in September. At The Building People we are constantly advising our clients on how their People are the key to unlocking their facility’s potential in terms of sustainability and workplace satisfaction.  Whether you are in Workplace Strategy, Program Management, IT management, Operations & Facility Management, Human Resources or an Executive you will learn about innovative workplace strategies, tactics and best practices from a renowned group of workplace experts and practitioners. This will also be a key opportunity to network and hear what your peers are trying in their organizations. Come hear about the latest trends in workplace data and how to interpret and analyze it to benefit your organization. You’ll also get to see and interact with the latest technology and hardware that can maximize your program’s potential.

The 5th Annual Agile Workplace Conference is coming back to D.C. in September! The theme this year focuses on the importance of the People to any workplace program. While the technology and space that supports these programs are important, successful programs aren’t possible without the adoption of the people affected by such change. Providing freedom and flexibility for your workers and making it easy for them to work anywhere will only lead to happy and productive employees and a thriving flexible workplace. Attend AWC 2015 to find out how strategy, technology, and space all support today’s flexible workforce.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Human Element Part I: Training Staff, Occupants to Reach Sustainability Goals

Check out part 1 of our 3 part series at Building Operating Management Magazine exploring what is needed beyond technology to achieve high-performance buildings:

Congratulations, you’ve just achieved LEED certification for your high-performance green building which includes a new photovoltaic system, a green roof, and state-of-the-art advanced metering, all of which is supported by the latest computerized maintenance management system. Your new building also boasts a sophisticated new building automation system that has the smartest building infrastructure in the entire metropolitan area, bringing in millions of data points per day, and is supported by a futuristic network operations center. You can declare victory! Then the phone rings. It’s your CFO asking you to brief the executive team on the latest savings…(Gulp!) (Read more here)

The Building People in this Month’s RICS MODUS Magazine Discuss Why the Federal Footprint is Down but Operating Costs are Up

“In 2014, the amount of space occupied by the us government went down, but running costs went up. Why?”

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Click the the image for the article or see the entire issue of RICS MODUS here.

Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm Shift for FM

Realcomm Austin, TX is just around the corner and we are extremely excited to continue our participation in this innovative conference on smart buildings and facilities management technologies that are changing the industry. We will be hosting a session with a fantastic panel of experts that you should not miss. We look forward to seeing you there, session details below:

Track: SMART BUILDING STRATEGY
Session Name: Shifting from Reactive to PROACTIVE OPERATIONS – A Paradigm for FM
Type: Panel
Location: MARRIOTT RIVERCENTER Salon L
Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 4:15PM

Description: For anyone in the facilities management (FM) industry, it easy to remember that not too long ago, engineers with radios and clipboards were about the only option available. Fast-forward to today and we have machines talking to machines, fault detection diagnostics reaching into every wall, ceiling, closet and basement, and resulting analytics predicting the future and more. The end result of all this technology and automation is a radical shift from reactive to proactive operations. No longer do we wait for the call and respond, but today’s facilities team utilize sophisticated systems, know when the problems occur ahead of time and can prioritize the response accordingly. For anyone involved in FM, this session is a must-attend to get an update and see what lies ahead for facilities.

Questions:
What does it mean to shift from reactive to proactive operations?
Do most traditional facility managers or engineers understand the potential that automation can deliver on proactive operations and do they have the skills to implement the technology?
Where does an organization start to transform itself from reactive to proactive operations?
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