Five Reasons Your Maintenance Plan is Failing
Does your maintenance program feel like it’s not performing? If so, it could be due to many reasons. They say that your maintenance plan is 50% process, 50% execution and it’s hard to argue that fact. If you feel like you’re missing something, consider some of these reasons why:
Vendors are more than software providers. They also act as support networks, helping you succeed. When they aren’t able to help you, your organization suffers as a result. Look for a company that takes the time to understand your goals and needs with you before making a decision.
A vendor who takes the time to understand your needs is better able to provide you with a complete solution. They’re also more likely to be there when you need them for advice or implementation support.
Having the best tools, plans, and protocols means nothing if you don’t use them right. Process is one of the most critical pieces to executing a maintenance program. Without this, you’re unable to execute your plans the way you envisioned them.
Feedback from your workforce is essential for building good process. It shows them you value their expertise and also ensures that plans are sound.
Proper training is important for maintenance success. Even the most seasoned veteran benefits from continued training. For new hires, adequate training can make the difference between success and failure. It also reduces risks for injuries or damages to equipment.
You can’t expect workers to perform well if they don’t know what they’re doing. Adequate training ensures that they’re always in a position to succeed.
You don’t maintain your maintenance plan
A plan in motion doesn’t mean you can become complacent. Maintenance strategies are always evolving and you should be too. Service and repairs are ongoing tasks, as should your maintenance management.
Not only does it create inefficiency, but it also instills a relaxed culture. Relaxed cultures can lead to cutting corners and fudging numbers.
Lack of communication
Another important aspect of a maintenance plan is communication. Communication between all parties is critical for success. This includes finance departments, IT support staff, management, and technicians. Your organization is a team and needs to function like one to succeed. Lack of communication creates an information “haze” and impacts your decision making process.
To create a successful maintenance plan, your organization needs engage in conversation often. A proactive approach to problem solving through communication will yield amazing results.