Long-lasting change in maintenance?

Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on email

Sustainable improvements to the maintenance function can be achieved the same way as any other successful change in an organization.

For change to be successful, all the people who will be affected by the change and will have to change the way that they work must be committed to the new work processes, standards and procedures.

To gain the necessary commitment, these key people must be in agreement (or at the bare minimum have acceptance) that the proposed changes are the right thing to do.

Before they will agree that the changes are really going to improve their organization, they must understand the scope of the changes, the impact on their jobs, the benefits and the possible risks. To achieve real understanding of the changes, all those affected need to be involved in the change process. This does not mean that everyone needs to be involved in all changes, but all the people whose jobs will be affected should either be truly involved or have a meaningful opportunity to provide input, which must, of course, be acknowledged.

These four key steps in the change process must be followed in the correct sequence. To expect commitment without first gaining involvement, understanding and agreement may result in some apparent change, but it is most unlikely that the change will last or that it will be anywhere close to managers’ expectations.

This principle applies at all levels, from the improvement of a planning and scheduling process to the installation of a new maintenance computer system to the construction of a new workshop, and even to the assignment of a work order to a group of hourly people.

Want to read more about change and leadership in maintenance? 
Leadership in maintenance part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 
Maintenance management book

At IDCON, we understand the pressure you face trying to build a reliable plant.
We provide side-by-side reliability and maintenance consulting and training designed to keep your equipment running.

For over 45 years, we’ve partnered with 100s of manufacturing plants around the world to eliminate the costs and the pressure caused by unreliable equipment. And we’d love to do the same for you.

Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your plant running.

Related Articles

Torbjörn Idhammar

Torbjörn Idhammar

President & CEO, IDCON Inc. Reliability and Maintenance Consultant

Want weekly Reliability & Maintenance Tips?

Best practices. Common sense. Pratical tips.
All designed to help you and your team keep your plant running

IDCON © 2020 All rights reserved

Free Download & Video

8 Steps to Successfully Implement Preventive Maintenance

Reduce your costs with an effective PM program