21 May 2013 - The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has recently announced a new group for people interested in innovation in the workplace. The Workplace Evolutionaries (W.E.) was created by IFMA’s Corporate Real Estate Council (CREC) to provide a collaborative and learning environment to help evolve the workplace, expand workplace innovation and empower people. Erik Jaspers, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Planon, is a member of the launch committee for W.E.
“IFMA is delighted to welcome this new group of members into the organisation who are passionate, dedicated professionals interested in the integration of workplace, facility management and real estate. This area of interest is aligned with one of our eleven core competencies. We will all benefit from the focus this group will bring to the organisation on new innovative ideas for creating more productive and cost-effective places for work. We welcome CREC Workplace Evolutionaries into the IFMA family,” stated Tony Keane, IFMA president and CEO.
The CRE Council’s mission is to align real estate and facility management. Workplace innovation is part of the CREC‘s charter, which is now supported through the Council’s new energy and growth. We plan to align ourselves with the work of the IFMA Foundation and IFMA Foundation Research Committee, other IFMA councils and the global academic community to be in tune with the latest thinking in workplace design, management and technology. Kate North, vice president of global development for e-Work.com, will be assisted by CREC board members Diane Coles Levine – SCAN Health Plan, Nancy Johnson Sanquist – Manhattan Software, Janice Cimbalo, – JLL and Erik Jaspers of Planon.”
Through its LinkedIn group, W.E. encourages discussion on innovative ways to develop efficient, cost-effective places to work that meet the demands of an evolving workforce and global business environment.