Building Operating Management

One Route to A Better Job





By Edward Sullivan, Editor   Facilities Management

A lot has changed in the facility arena in the past few years. Green design has blossomed. Emergency planning has become more critical. Data centers have proliferated. Has your job description kept up? If you haven’t revisited that document recently, it might be worthwhile to dust it off and see how relevant it is. It might be time for a rewrite.

Revising a job description isn’t something you should do in a vacuum. In fact, a lot of de facto job descriptions evolve in just that way. The person holding the job takes a heads-down approach to work, concentrating on tasks that have always been done or that someone says need to be accomplished. That’s a particular temptation when there’s so much work that it seems impossible to finish it all.

Rather than going off by yourself and thinking about what you do, try to find someone who is willing to give you thoughtful feedback. That person might be your boss. It might be someone in a customer organization. It might be several people. The point of the conversation might not even be you. It might be a discussion of how the facility function can better serve the organization.

Will anyone other than you care if you revise your job description? Maybe not. But that’s not a reason to forego taking a hard look at what you’re doing. The exercise can help you in a couple of ways. For one thing, it offers a way to recalibrate your priorities. It also provides a starting point for taking an inventory of your skills to determine whether there are areas you need to develop. In the best cases, a new job description turns out to be a win-win: Your company gets more value out of you and your department, and you get a job you enjoy more.






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