Jack of All Trades
Just as there are laws protecting civil rights, commerce and pubic domain throughout the United States, there are also organizations dedicated to monitoring management practices within a broad range of market and trade groups. One such group, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), has stretched its fingers out into a cross-section of industries, including print publishing and document production, which according to Xerox, constitutes more than 60 percent of the work day for most employees throughout North America who create, copy and/or circulate printed collateral.
According to the IFMA's mission, the 20-year-old group spots trends, conducts research and provides educational programs to assist corporate managers in developing production strategies. The organization is non-industry specific, but it's reach gainfully touches the print publishing market. As defined by the association, "Facility management is the practice of coordinating the physical work place with the people and the work of the organization." Since publishing and production relies heavily on how people interact and manipulate the latest technologies, it's not surprising that IFMA's leadership helps integrate principles of business administration with the architecture of a wide array of related and unrelated industries. IFMA's statement also suggests, "Business entities have come to realize that maintaining a well-managed and highly efficient facility is critical to success. New technologies, environmental consciousness and health concerns also have had a major impact on the importance of and need for facility professionals in organizations."
Similarly, in print and publishing segments, variables dictating successful end products often rely on stages between, in which products are conceived and produced. Production managers and publishers have to admit that the human factor within the marketplace is what makes even the most automated technology thrive. For the IFMA, responsible practices also ensures greater revenue. "Technology is only as good as the people who use it," admits Josephine Kukuka, production manager of the Jewish Exponent.