LinkedIn has long carried a reputation of being a hounding ground for business development and sales professionals looking for new prospects. However various other professionals are now utilising LinkedIn as a way to discuss topics with others in their fields and scope out events and new job opportunities. Many of our clients have in-house facilities managers and we've scoped out a few of the most active LinkedIn groups that they are members of.
Utility Week Networking and News
Any facilities manager really interested in the utility industry should have a subscription to Utility Week already and then join this group as an additional resource.
This is a very large group with 1,181 members headed up by the founder of the group’s namesake magazine. Members start new discussions several times a week on a variety of topics.
British Institute of Facilities Management
Whilst this is a professional body which members are required to join, their LinkedIn group is open to non-members of the body (albeit it they do need to be accepted by the group’s admin). It is a very active group with several new post started each day (seven new discussions have been started today alone).
i-FM.net Information Facilities Management Network
This group is considerably active and the content posted is very varied: ranging from energy advice to job openings to events within the industry. The group is British but many of the members are from outside our borders so remember to filter any advice for anything non-relevant.
Really Good FM Thinking
This is a group owned by a business development professional at Integral UK Limited but don’t be put off as all the discussions are on facilities management and the company isn’t using it as way to promote their services. The discussions in this group as not as active as others but it is still a good place to meet other FM professionals.
If you’re looking for another resource about utility management on LinkedIn there is also the Business Cost Consultants company page where we post links to all our new blogs and company news.
This blog was originally posted on the Business Cost Consultants website: http://www.businesscostconsultants.co.uk/5-linkedin-groups-facilities-manager-member/