Implementing a Robust Maintenance Program

firefighterIn our daily reactive firefighting, it is easy to get lost in the smoke.  We don’t realize how much of our time is spent spinning our wheels and the negative impact it has on our staff, our reputation, and the bottom line.  It is imperative that we take a step back and pull ourselves out of the weeds long enough to put together a strategic plan for our facilities program – part of which is implementing a robust maintenance program.

Surveys have found that more than half of facility departments are at least 50% reactive.  Other studies have shown that reactive maintenance costs five to eight times more than scheduled maintenance.  IFMA reported that a robust maintenance program can cut operating cost in half.  Likely, many of us can attest to the costs of firefighting and the impact to productivity (see Rule of 100/10/1).

A robust maintenance program will help move us from being costly firefighters to the strategic, business-directed facility departments we should be.  The steps to implementing a program are not overly complicated or burdensome; however, it does require a plan and the diligence to keep moving forward toward “Facilitopia.

Below is a link to FM360’s latest online training session in our FM101 Series that we invite you to view for free.  This class will discuss the value of a maintenance program, different strategies, and key steps for implementing one.  This course is an example of some of the topics we cover and the insight you will gain in FM360’s online training courses.

FM101 Series – Session 3 – Implementing a Robust Maintenance Program – View this course for FREE

Our next class is March 26th and will discuss how to leverage a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to drive value to your organization and tips for selecting and implementing one.  Click here to learn more about this upcoming class and to register.    

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