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Wednesday
Jul012015

How Many Directions are there?

How Many directions are there?

There is up, down, in, out, left, and right. Are their inter-dimensional directions? “IF” there are others in the universe do they have different directions? Many feel they have the right direction. Whether it is fueled by greed, hope, or other concepts, which one is correct?

Our environment has only one direction, forward. It cannot reverse its direction and overcome past assaults to our planet. It’s only ability to recover is to move “forward” with its self-ability to heal over time. Many have reported that we are now in a state of emergency where our earth cannot “heal” by itself. From so many years of pollution, it is now dependent on our assistance to “heal” itself.

This is a huge conceptual change for all inhabitants of this earth. No longer can we behave like spoiled children to satisfy our want without consideration for the planet we reside on. Think of the earth as a large patient that requires many nurses to survive. The more nurses that do not attempt to assist the patient, the lower the chance of survival. Only in our case, if the patient dies so does all of humanity.

The destruction of the environment is not a concept of losing a thing (planet) or the loss of a species (us) rather, it is the loss of an “idea.” Whether or not humans remain is probably of little consequence in the grand scheme of the universe. As human stewards of this earth, what should matter to the very core of human beings is the maintenance of our home we have been charged with caring for. No matter how you feel about this concept, it is a proven “fact” that human beings excel at helping others, caring for life or in other words, “maintenance.”

Isn’t it interesting that 90% of everyday life is some sort of maintenance? Caring for; children, homes, toys, vehicles, friends and just about anything else you may consider, revolves around maintenance. It’s also interesting that the maintenance field is one of the lowest paid positions but one of the most important! Why is this? Why do we demean and suppress what we excel at? I believe this is due to our culture replacing “care” with “money” as our sole focus. As a result of this practice, our environment has experienced the largest reduction in “care” or maintenance. This idea must be reversed. There are four (4) concepts which can be re-integrated into culture for our environment. These must become a “Focus” for our culture, to turn this situation around and save our planetary environment.

Move FORWARD towards knowledge base;

Efficient operation of any system, especially the maintenance system relies on a base of knowledge gained through experience. Think of work/job situations. In most cases benefit is rarely seen by placing young personnel in positions of control. Not only do they lack the confidence for decision determination, but also the experience for sound reasoning. New ideas are not always good and do not “have” to replace functioning ones. This can be easily proven by looking at the frequent comings and goings of unsuccessful ventures. Experience’s greatest feature is that of consideration/evaluation before decision making. Thoughtful evaluation of an idea before committing resources to a project can only be seen by someone who has been down this road before. An experienced person who genuinely has concern for the “maintenance” of his/her activity, facility, personnel, and livelihood, will more often decide on a strategy that benefits these needs for human continuation. This in turn benefits business and the environment in which we live.

Move FORWARD towards skill sets;

Skills are sets of techniques for getting a desired outcome finished. Some are good, effective, dangerous, poor, time consuming and many more. Skill sets must be directed for a specific task completion. Effective ergonomic skill sets are generally first trained for (many times through experience) and then practiced on a daily basis. This is why environmental maintenance skill sets are effective when utilized frequently. Frequently changing skill sets in favor of technological updates are not “necessarily “pro-active” towards overall maintenance. Generally, unless they are useable day in and day out they often fall by the wayside. New technologies are not constructive unless the industry is capable of the training-time learning curve for the environmental workers. Changing and constantly adapting these “sets” can be detrimental, unless trained on as part of as the larger picture. Overall “maintenance” is only progressive if the end result is improved. It is the “honing” of skill sets that progressively moves the maintenance and repair of the environment, “Forward.” Concentrate on Team building that hones skill sets to become effective. Efficient and effective task completion can help to “heal” the environmental condition. Only “honed” skill sets increase your group’s environmental maintenance.

Move FORWARD toward drill frequency for those skill sets;

Many operations are infrequently used by some maintenance Teams. The key towards “honing” skill sets is “Training.” This is too frequently ignored by business as cost prohibited. The reverse is actually true. Training on a frequent basis accomplishes two (2) main ideas that are critical towards moving skill sets forward.

1] By honing skills, when they are needed, environmental maintenance will be much more efficient. This increases safety, operations, and even the bottom line towards time spent.

2] Frequent Training affords “new technology” skill sets to be gradually introduced over time so that the operations Team can effectively evaluate/integrate these new “ideas” into their operational maintenance.

Reduction in Training time is the single most hindrance to all operational maintenance activities in the environmental field.

Move FORWARD towards big picture thinking;

This concept has the power to move your organization forward or backward. The idea here should be one of stepping “back” from the operation at hand. When individuals are promoted many feel the obligation to “do something.” This stems from an incorrect idea to validate their newly anointed position. Many times these “somethings” end up being destructive and NOT moving your organization forward. The reason for your new position is exactly “because” of your experience gained through adherence to accepted maintenance policies. This is where experience really begins to show itself. Newly appointed management appointees need to be instructed “what” they are supposed to do; they already know “how” to do it. The role of environmental maintenance management must be to evaluate new ideas, determine whether they are worthy of implementation and if so, how can they gradually implement these maintenance policies? If these new ideas are not worthy, never hesitate to discard them. The next “new” idea will be along shortly. Remember, since maintenance is 90% of our life, continued attention to your operations will promote environmental “healing.”

                                     Haz Mat Mike

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