Running a fast-paced facility? Then you know there are always times where things just don't go as planned. Things get overlooked, mistakes compound, emergencies divert all attention without warning — the list goes on. But Maintenance Managers can do plenty to plan ahead and mitigate disaster. Here are the three most vital things you can do to keep the facility running smoothly.
Proper Staff Training
Learning the proper way to do something at the onset of the job is all well and good, but unless you keep up with changes and have the new training implemented at your facility, issues arise. The "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset does not allow for necessary changes in work processes. Because when it comes to important facility protocol, sometimes change is good. Take steps to keep training up-to-date, and you'll have fewer incidents caused by preventable human error.
Having the Right Tools
Having the right tools at your disposal — and we don't mean just screwdrivers and drills — is key in any facility's success. By not keeping abreast of new analytical tools and planning tools, you're missing out on opportunities to run your facility more efficiently and safely. CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Software) like Maintenance Care, for instance, is a tool that allows you to schedule tasks in advance, take care of preventative maintenance, run maintenance reports, work order management, parts inventory and more. Plus, it can be all done remotely.
Emergency Planning can feel like an afterthought — until you need it. It only takes one disaster or event to set your maintenance facility back months or more, so don't skip this crucial task. Downtime is never a good thing in any type of business, but especially in a maintenance department that people depend on every day. You need a plan to respond at a moment's notice when disaster strikes. Whether it's preparing for a huge storm or simply knowing the best and safest route to evacuate the building or property, don't leave these things on the back burner.