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Top Three Maintenance Challenges
Asked to share the top three challenges for the next three to five to 10 years, maintenance professionals indicate it's about people: the biggest variable in improving equipment maintenance, performance, and reliability.

Engaging the New Workforce
The ways we employed, trained, and engaged previous generations of employees will not necessarily work with the Millennials. Now is the time to retool our approaches to employee engagement, empowerment, and involvement. Here are some insights for engaging the younger generation in the workplace.

Aligning Maintenance with Business Goals
All too often, the maintenance department is perceived as the responsible party for caring for the health and well-being of equipment and facilities. However, many (if not most) of the causes of unhealthy and poor-performing equipment and facilities go well beyond the scope of the maintenance department.

Improving Equipment Effectiveness
TPM has devolved into not much more than operator care. However, it’s not too late to learn from TPM. Given the shortages of skilled people, the demand for significantly improved equipment performance and reliability, and dependence on new technologies, true TPM will be the answer whether labeled TPM or not.


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Old Dogs, New Tricks

We have a problem that’s been stealthily spreading all over America. On the surface, it is declining employee job-related training. At its core, in part, is the “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” mentality. Today’s workers are our strength; they produce the goods that generate wealth for our businesses, communities and our nation. The buck starts here. These “Old Dogs” know what they’re doing and how to get things done. Yes, they can be stubborn at times, but when they put their minds to it, they can definitely get the right things done—and done well! But we can—and we must—get better at what we do.

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