What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Facilities Director in Goodyear:
Get to know your staff quickly, but as thoroughly as possible. Learn their strengths and weaknesses and who are the primary leaders and followers regardless of rank. In learning the various personalities of the teams you lead, the opportunity to accelerate team bonding, acceptance and learning grow exponentially among the team. This growth fosters trust, initiative and loyalty, which produces true success from the least experienced to the veteran employee. By allowing this type of growth the team learns about you as their leader and although they may not totally understand your motives and actions completely, they will be drawn to it. By taking care of them, they will take care of you!
Facilities Director in Houston:
"Analyze current practices & make changes."
Taking on this role is all-encompassing. Change has a snowball affect. Not everyone will embrace it. Grow thick skin, carry a big stick & recruit enforcers.
Facilities Director in Atlanta:
"I ended up working 15 hours over 40 weekly."
Verify the frequency and need for extra hours, and specific plans for department growth with other expansion.
Facilities Director in Milwaukee:
Every day is new and full of challenges. Remember you are here to keep employees safe and comfortable.
Facilities Director in Louisville:
"Organization And Communication."
Get organized. Write down all request and follow-up. Communicate well with all those requesting action on your part. Do not become overwhelmed but focus on task at hand. Do not allow other peoples lack of planning become your emergency. Hold others accountable for their responsibilities.