Good managers know the importance of keeping their facilities and utilities well maintained. Not only are employees entitled by law to have safe working conditions, it’s also in the manager’s best interest to keep everything in good condition. After all, if machines stop working or break down, the business loses a lot of money.
When looking at the performance of a company, it’s important for managers not to limit their view to the business aspect of things, but to consider the human side as well – their employees. The equipment may be the pieces a company needs to move forward, but the people are responsible for moving those pieces.
A well-maintained space attracts workers, and more importantly, keeps them there. This is why a competent maintenance management system is essential for any business with serious intentions of growing.
The Human Side
Employees who are interested in working for a company will look at the potential workspace first, and the more experienced professionals will expect a bit more than a man off the street. If you want to attract people who do good work, give them a space where they could do that in. If your machines and utilities keep breaking down, all you’ll attract are the kind of people whose work runs the same way.
The Machine Side
Many people wonder how anyone can forget to maintain their equipment when it’s as easy as posting it on the calendar and doesn’t even require a CMMS system. But, those people forget that maintenance is one very small aspect of a company’s machinery, and could easily get lost in the noise of everyday operations.
There are several consequences if the equipment doesn’t receive regular maintenance, and repairs aren’t acted upon immediately.
Repairs are likely cost more money, and take more time if machines degrade without any preventive care. The value of the property to the company drops significantly the lower it’s in disrepair, decreasing the company’s profit, while simultaneously increasing its expenses.
Prevention is always better than a cure, and in this case, it’s much less expensive.