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While a facility manager’s role varies depending on organization and industry, the main responsibilities include the following: maintaining buildings and grounds, overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies, determining repairs and maintenance, scheduling renovation projects, and coordinating various safety inspections. 

Now, keeping that in mind, there are several questions and phrases I have heard throughout my years working with facility managers that completely contradict the above. However, we are all humans and make silly mistakes now and then.

Because we could all use a laugh, we are going to look at 30 things you do not want to hear from your facility manager. 

Do any of these sound familiar?

  1. I'm too busy to plan ahead.
  2. I don't know how many square feet are in our facility.
  3. Where did I put that knife?
  4. I am sure I can Google and figure out how to fix that.
  5. I haven't been on the roof in years.
  6. What budget?
  7. I am never caught up.
  8. I know a guy...
  9. Storing gasoline and paint in the same closet is fine.
  10. That is the way we have always done it.
  11. Why would we want to "Go Green?"
  12. Our team spends X hours each week adjusting thermostats in the building.
  13. I have all that information in my head.
  14. I don't like to use technology...that is just who I am.
  15. To save cost we are changing to single-ply toilet paper.
  16. I don't answer my phone on the weekends.
  17. I am not sure how much money is needed to keep our facilities up to speed.
  18. We'll just get volunteers to paint the steeple.
  19. The carpet looks fine to me...we cleaned it 10 years ago.
  20. I am not sure what that odor is.  I am sure it will just go away.
  21. LED will never become mainstream.
  22. Life Cycle! Is that a new kind of bike?
  23. Hello Mr. Fire Marshal. Can you wait here while I go move somethings?
  24. Let me set up the ladder on this table to reach that high area.
  25. What is OSHA?
  26. We are a church so we do not have to comply with codes.
  27. I am sure we do not need a permit to add on that room.
  28. HVAC air filters should last at least a year.  I only use the building once a week, how much dirt can that produce?
  29. The smoke detectors kept beeping so I just unplugged them.
  30. It's not my job!

Sound familiar? I hope not! As we approach 2021, Smart Church Solutions encourages you to take preventative steps so you never have to hear these questions and phrases from your facility manager ever again.

If you need guidance on where to begin, give our team a call!

Tim Cool
Tim Cool is the founder of Smart Church Solutions, but more importantly, the husband to Lisa and father to 27 year old triplets. His passion is serving churches to be intentional with their facilities…and he loves hiking in the NC Mountains.