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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Stretched Resources

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, Professional Development, Question Of The Week

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Published on May 02, 2011 with 1 Comment

Q. I oversee 50 plus bank branches in the Houston, TX metropolitan area. I take care of all FM issues at all of the branches, as well as putting out bids for jobs, working with vendors, coordinating projects, etc.

I have only two employees working for me, and they are on the trucks taking care of daily branch issues. I am the most understaffed facilities manager in the entire southeast system, yet I am supposed to do the same amount of work/projects as my counterparts, who have more staff and fewer branches.

How do I learn to make the best of this situation, knowing I will not be hiring any new staff in the near future? My boss says it can be done but gives little indication as to the methodology for doing the job as is.

Regional Director Of Facilities
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Houston, TX

This question was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Today’s Facility Manager. Read Elledge’s response here. Share your feedback and suggestions in the LEAVE A COMMENT section below.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. One of the first questions that come to mind is “HOW” does he know that it can be done?
    I understand your concern, and it is not for us a FM’S to question our bosses, but what else can you do? I tip my hat you!
    It’s like on the old Star Trek epidsode when Kirk would demand more power from Scotty. He didn’t care where he got it from, he just needed Scotty to perform.
    Good luck to you!!!

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