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Workplace and Facilities Management Terms, Glossary and Abbreviation Meanings

Facility management is a complex field and, as such, it requires the use of complex terminology. That means you’ll see some acronyms crop up as you’re working through the logistics of managing and moving your new office space real estate. Information is the key to successful facility management, and you don’t want to be left scratching your head at an alphabet soup of acronyms.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common Space and Facility Management terms and review what they mean so you can be sure to stay ahead of the curve as you plan moves, manage employees, carry out a successful space inventory and space utilization of the additional space and facilities in your office. You may also see some of these terms as you work with SpaceIQ’s workplace management platform, so let’s dive in and explore this vocabulary as your first step toward facility management success.

A

Automated Facility Management System

AutoCAD

Assigned Seating

Asset Management

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Application Programming Interface (APIs)

Agile Workplace/Office

Activity-Based Workplace/Workspace (ABW)

B

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Energy Management System (BEMS)

Building Automation System (BAS)

Breakout Space

Biophilic Design

Benching

C

Curated Spaces

Coworking

Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM)

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Collaborative Workspace

Capacity Planning

D

Digital Workplace

Digital Wayfinding

Digital Twin

Desk Sharing

E

Employee Experience

Employee Engagement

F

Free Addressing

Flexible Seating

Flex (Flexible) Work

Flex Space

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Facility Managers

Facility Coordinators

Facility Management (FM)

Facilities Management

H

Huddle Room

Human-Centered Workplace Design

Hoteling

Hotel Desk

Hot Desking

I

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Interactive Dashboard

Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS)

L

Lease Management

M

Move Management

Mobile Working

Meeting Room Booking System

Magic Quadrant

N

Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Seating

O

Open Office Space

Office Internet of Things (IoT)

Occupancy Sensors

P

Product Tiers

Predictive Analytics

Pod

Physical Workspace

Phone Booth

R

Remote Work

Real Estate Projections

Real Estate Forecasting

Real Estate Dashboard

Real Estate Agility

S

System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM)

System of Record (SOR)

Stack Planning

Space Utilization

Space Planning

Space Optimization

Space Management

Space Fusion

Space as a Service

Smart Workplace

Smart Building

Shared Desk

Sensors

T

Triple Win

Ticketing

Telecommute

Tech Determinism

U

Unassigned Seating

V

Visitor Management

W

Workplace or Work Environment

Work Order

Work Seats

Workplace Real Estate

Workplace Management

Workplace Experience

Workplace Consultant

Work From Home

Wayfinding