By Katie Torres
A couple years back, I was driving back home from college on holiday break, and I stopped off at a gas station to fill up before continuing on the long drive back.
There was a car in the lot with the hood popped, with three or four other college-age kids, and just as many looks on their faces that told me they didn't know how they were going to get home.
I'm no pro with cars, but I had just replaced my own master cylinder using Youtube and was not short of any confidence that I could save the day for the unfortunate bunch.
I walked over and offered some assistance, and they gladly accepted. I figured I should check the oil first. It was a good guess, and the right one.
There wasn't a drop of oil on that dipstick. None. Completely dry.
On this day, I was not going to be a hero. Their engine was toast, and there wasn't anything I could do about that, except explain the importance of checking oil in hopes that they wouldn't end up with another ruined car in the future.
Checking their oil and getting oil changes on time would have prevented them from having to spend thousands on a new engine (or, more likely, a new vehicle).
It is the same with facilities maintenance.
When a company is diligent in setting up a proactive maintenance program, they save themselves time and money down the road.
When they operate only with reactive maintenance, they are reacting to problems that cost them far more than they would have had to spend on prevention and planning.
Oil changes can be pricey. Engines are WAY pricier.
It is an investment to make sure facilities maintenance department is prioritized.
It's a burden to have to spend a fortune when something breaks unexpectedly.
Help yourself out today and start thinking about what it would look like for your company to further invest in your facilities maintenance department.