If you are new to the field of facility maintenance, it can be overwhelming to learn the ropes of management while also doing your best to keep your facility running successfully. Many new facility maintenance managers make rookie mistakes that can be costly in the long run, so it is important to be aware of major pitfalls in order to avoid mistakes and grow to be the best facility manager that you can be.
Plan today to prevent problems tomorrow.
While there will inevitably be situations where you need to think on your feet, it is far better to prepare for as much as possible in advance. A failure to plan is a common mistake many new managers make; they think they can act off the cuff, which may sound appealing until you are in an emergency situation. Instead, you should make plans today to prevent emergencies from happening. A large part of this involves setting up preventative maintenance plans for all equipment and facility systems, having contingency plans in place for disasters and breakdowns, and knowing who to contact to perform repairs if need be.
Use every tool at your disposal.
As a facility maintenance manager, you have many tools at your disposal to help you in your job. Between your equipment, team of employees, and online resources, you should always be aware of your options and use what you need when the situation calls for it. Don’t be afraid to implement new technologies to help processes run more smoothly, and understand that sometimes you may need to call for outside help for particularly complex maintenance tasks or for help in establishing proper preventative maintenance plans.
Being a successful facilities maintenance manager is sometimes difficult, but can be very rewarding. If you feel overwhelmed in your new position, remember that we at MaintenX are here to help you with any facility maintenance tasks, including planning, and would be happy to help guide you as we have many companies across the country. To learn more about the maintenance services we offer, please call us any time at (855) 751-0075.