IFMA Foundation launches follow up book, Work on the Move 2: How Social, Leadership and Technology Innovations are Transforming the Workplace in the Digital Economy

HOUSTON, TX – (Sept. 29, 2016) – Produced by the IFMA Foundation and launching at IFMA’s World Workplace Conference, October 5-7 in San Diego, Work on the Move 2: How Social, Leadership and Technology Innovations are Transforming the Workplace in the Digital Economy, is the collaborative effort of 15 international experts in the fields of workplace strategy, human capital, real estate, technology and business. The book helps organizations prepare for the future of work, workers and the workplace.

What role will you play in defining the future of the workplace?  Is your strategy improving the lives of your employees, and also leading to a more effective work environment?  Join the conversation, and help lead the change of Work on the Move.

Today, Chief Executive Officers are discovering the critical link between business strategy, design, human capital, technology, sustainability and place to create an ‘experience’ for competitive advantage.  The concepts shared in this book help companies understand how to synthesize their business strategy and lead their company through a critical workplace transformation in today’s digital and shared economy.  Showcased are 17 case studies of great workplaces around the world with an emphasis on their impact on the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

Topics covered include: the latest global workplace trends, leadership changes, as well as the changes occurring in social responsibility; the increased importance of employee well-being; the silo-busting going on in real estate, human resources, information technology, and facility management groups to lead workplace change; new technologies being experimented and deployed for greater productivity and engagement of workplace professionals; and a day in the life of a future ‘placemaker’.   

“Albert Einstein is credited for saying, ‘the definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.’  The ideas and research conveyed by the authors of Work on the Move 2, in a simple, yet sophisticated format, provide an important framework by which your organizations’ strategic advantages can be built.” said Mike Wagner, President of Kimball Office. 

Co-editors Nancy Johnson Sanquist and Diane Coles Levine had a vision for the first edition of Work on the Move “raise awareness within the Facility Management profession and create a vibrant movement of disparate, forward-thinking professionals dedicated to improving the workplace.”  This book was the catalyst for the creation of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries (WE), and two Workplace Strategy Summits; the first held at Cornell University and the second in cooperation with University College London.   The vision for the 2nd edition is loftier; raise consciousness and create alliances between the various professions involved (e.g., Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology) to collectively work together to create high-performing workplaces. As Sanquist and Levine stated, “We believe that by bringing the brightest minds from these varied disciplines together, we can create new ideas and business models in preparation of this new future of work in the digital economy."

Sponsored by FM:Systems, Kimball Office, Planon, and Trimble, as well as other organizations, 100% of the proceeds of the book will support the mission of the IFMA Foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative (GWI).   Be a part of the movement and visit the Work on the Move website at, share your thoughts, ideas and case studies.

About the IFMA Foundation

The IFMA Foundation is focused on attracting and preparing the facility management workforce of the future and serves as the accrediting organization for over 30 universities and colleges that grant bachelors, masters and PhDs around the world.  The Foundation provides scholarships for hundreds of students to support their efforts to join the profession, and finally, they created the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) to make younger students, including high school and community college learners, aware of the facility management profession.

About IFMA

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (14 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs, content and resources, and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedInTwitterFacebookYouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or