The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals (supporting 24,000 members in 105 countries), published a survey about who drives workplace strategy decisions where most participants answered that facility managers are almost right next to the CEOs demonstrating once again how the facility management role keeps increasing its importance.

FM and real estate managers were identified in 30% of responses when asked who was driving workplace strategy decisions related to the implementation of distributed work, not far from the 38% that senior executives got.

IFMA’s latest workplace strategy report: “Distributed Work Revisited”, revealed that FM are not only key but a real driving force behind high-level strategic decisions.

A growing number of employees using unassigned space and a shrinking available space, were also identified as critical elements in the study. The report includes several case studies like eBay, Accenture, Microsoft, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the city of Calgary that have found success with distributed work strategies

In order to help FM professionals succeed in similar efforts, there is also a “Lessons Learned” section with detailed and real experiences in implementing distributed work strategies.