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Articles on Organization Structure and Job Design

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Can Operations Manage Maintenance? Some of the common measures – besides outsourcing - taken when an organization decides they need to improve maintenance performance include moving all maintenance resources to area operations managers. I often get calls from organizations that are contemplating to take this step towards improvements. I always ask why they would do that, what are the perceived benefits?
Create Reactive, PM, and Planned Maintenance Crews ‘What, a reactive maintenance crew? How can we be more proactive by dedicating a crew to reactive work?’ Before you answer, ask yourself whether or not you are in a firefighting mode and, if so, how much of the time your personnel are working on unplanned and/or unscheduled work. And yes, there is a difference between planned and planned and scheduled work. - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Death of the maintenance department and what you can do about it.
Death of the Maintenance Dept.
Dedicate Planners with the proper ratio Many facilities do have Planner or Planner/Scheduler positions in their maintenance department; however, it is estimated that less than 10% of these companies utilize their planners effectively. - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
The Central Issue During the 90’s, many plants have decentralized maintenance to a greater or lesser extent. While these plants have seen many gains from being closer to the consumer of their maintenance services, they also see issues emerging. What are the criteria to choose central vs.decentralized maintenance? Which functions and activities are candidates? - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
When It Comes to Empowerment, Are You Shifting Power Or Simply Passing the Buck? courtesy of Reliability Center, Inc.
Working Without Supervision There is a growing trend in U.S. industry to eliminate the supervisor function. More and more plants are replacing this function with self-directed teams, using production supervisors to oversee maintenance or using hourly workers to direct the work function. While each of these methods can provide some level of work direction, all eliminate many of the critical functions that should be provided by the first-line maintenance supervisor - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
Working Without Supervision - Overcoming Inefficiencies & Lost Productivity The overwhelming issues that organizations are faced with when shifting organizational structures towards self-directed teams or when utilizing cross-functional supervision are increased inefficiency, in regards to maintenance execution, and decreased productivity levels within the hourly ranks. Typically, accountability for maintenance execution, and performance thereof, lies within the first-line supervisor role. Without such a role, organizational leaders must provide the infrastructure to compensate for the losses in direct supervision. - requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.

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