Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” was a television sensation when it first came out, and its success continued for years. People loved Mike’s celebration of a job attended to with a sense of mission and a view to doing one’s best, no matter what the task, from inspecting sewers to making cheese to hot tar roofing. Mike has gone on to a new show called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” (or “SGDI” for the hardcore fan) filled with people who, he says, “march to a drum that only they can hear,” and “who do what they do because they just can’t help themselves.” These include circus performers and a guy that makes creative neon signage. In short, Mike Rowe celebrates the average, the usual, the everyday—work that is enjoyed for its own sake and a job well done no matter how uninteresting it may seem to someone else.
We’ve rolled over into 2015, and for some time we will be inundated with platitudes
about new beginnings and fresh starts and updating plans. While we do use the new
year to reorient and re-
I find that most facility managers truly enjoy their jobs. Along with one of the reasons already mentioned—every day is different—the various facets of the work allow us to use our hardwired talents a good portion of the time. Vendor interaction, employee complaints, and executive meetings bring out the relationship management in which some of us excel. Budgets and calculations about energy use and the intricacies of building management systems energize those who lose themselves in the technical. Design and build projects draw out the creativity and the joy of watching something move from an idea to drawings to a finished product. We can operate in the role of supervisor, carpenter, negotiator, janitorial inspector, keeper of data, and security overseer, and maybe even show ourselves superior at some of these tasks.
Yes, it’s a new year, and here we go again! Like Mike Rowe, I hope 2015 will be filled with the best your job offers you and the best you bring to it. It may be an occasionally dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.
Steven R. Pons, CFM
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Steve has over 25 years of experience in all areas of facilities management including construction, project management, real estate,and security.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, earned his CFM in 1998, and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in October of 2008.
Steve has been a member of IFMA since 1988 and has served in several capacities including founding member of the Corporate Headquarters Council and the California Central Coast Chapter, and most recently as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Council. In his spare time he is involved with the Boy Scouts of America and is a high school soccer coach..
Chapter Affiliation: Pittsburgh
Steven R. Pons, CFM
Manager, Facilities Services | Direct Energy