Pros and Cons of Centralized vs Decentralized Maintenance Management

You might be wondering what centralized or decentralized maintenance management means. Unless you have built a business or are currently running one, you may not have heard these terms before. If you are looking at building a business or going into management, then it may be worth your while to take a look at the types of management.

Centralized management is better suited for smaller companies. All of the decisions and management come from just a few people at the head of the business. This can make it a little easier when the amount of people being managed is small – that way there aren’t too many hands in the candy bowl and less confusion results. Changes made in the company tend to be more consistent and easier to follow for employees. On the downside, this type of management can mean that it takes longer to make changes because the few people responsible may already have a lot going on. Sometimes having extra people whose main focus is to manage makes things happen in a timelier fashion, but if the business is small then it usually isn’t necessary.

Decentralized management fits bigger business. The higher-ups have the resources to hire middle to low management, and this may make change and maintenance happen faster. With extra faces around to help you, you’re sure put fires out quickly. Typically, these types of managers have a strong rapport with staff and will listen to suggestions and ideas that they bring to the table. Sometimes this type of management can get a little confusing when managers have conflicting ideas. This could be a downfall for this type of management as it can leave employees frustrated and not knowing what exactly to do. 

Both types of management have their pros and cons, but there is a place for each of them. If you are looking for ways to manage your maintenance then contact MaintenX today, we are here to help.