When you're responsible for the smooth operation of a large, complex facility? Mistakes do happen. But that doesn't mean you can't prepare for and prevent them.
Here's three common problems maintenance managers can easily avoid — with a little planning.
Proper, Ongoing, Staff Training
Hopefully, your staff are trained correctly at the onset of the job, and know the proper way to do things. But unless you keep up with changes and implement updated training programs, it's only a matter of time before someone's original training doesn't match up with reality. And a costly mistake occurs.
Day-to-day, it's easy for people to assume that if the way they're doing things ain't broke, why fix it? Well, the answer is because it only looks like it ain't broke — until something physically is.
Avoid that mindset, make the necessary updates to protocol, and ensure changes are well-communicated and trained for.
Having the Right Tools
Having the right tools at your disposal, and we don't mean manual tools, helps any facility succeed. By not keeping abreast of analytical tools and planning tools, you're missing out on being able to run your facility efficiently and easier. For instance, CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) is a tool that allows you to schedule tasks in advance, take care of preventative maintenance, run reports, keep up with equipment, and more. Plus, it can be all done remotely.
Emergency Planning can seem like something you can just put off. Until you need it.
That is why it is crucial to have a plan in place. It only takes one disaster or event to set your maintenance facility back months or more. Downtime is never a good thing in any type of business — especially in the maintenance department where people are depending on you to keep mission-critical things running. You have to have all of your plans ready to implement at a moment's notice. Whether it is preparing for a huge storm or simply knowing the best and safest route to evacuate the building or property, don't put these things on the back burner.