Facility Management as religious employment or vocation?

May 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Courtesy of Today’s Facility Manager magazine and Jeff Crane, P.E., Leed, AP and his Fm Frequency Column:

“This is an intriguing philosophical inquiry, Mr. Crane. Let’s consider the parallels between facility management and ‘religious employment.’ Perhaps it will lead us to a proper conclusion.”



On call 24×7?


Servitude and sacrifice?


Frequent weekend work?


Faith in your fellow man is tested daily?


Frequently brought to your knees by your job?


Many years of education and training required for effectiveness?


Must wear stuffy attire while those served dress in casual clothing?


Physical appearance of the facility is often more important than what actually takes place inside?


Responsibilities include arbitrating silly disputes, sympathetic listening to constant whining, and begging for money?


Except when forced to admit errors while cornered in small rooms, your ‘customers’ are known sinners living in unrepentant denial?


Must preside over multiple weekly gatherings of people who attend out of a sense of duty but are rarely prepared and usually forget everything they’ve heard the moment they walk out the door?


Although seeking to follow the wishes of a majestic being who reigns from up on high, the actual chain of command is a confused tangle of reporting relationships with multiple supervisors, committees, and administrators who are all subordinate to the whimsical desires of fickle facility occupants?


The ultimate reward for your life of service is a triumphant welcome into paradise?


“I’m sorry, but I don’t believe this will pass the IRS ‘smell test.’ But may you find peace in your journey, grasshopper.”

This is too on target not to post. In case you didn’t realize the “fm” part of the blog’s title stands for facility manager….. The full article can be found here: http://www.todaysfacilitymanager.com/tfm_08_05_fmfrequency.php

Hope you liked this as well as I did and will post it to Digg or any other social networking sites of your choice to help me spread the word. As always thank you for your time and interest and you can forward any questions or suggestions for future posts to askthefm@gmail.com

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