People like to be recognized for their efforts, so you should avoid recognition at all costs, starving our personnel of the basic human need to be appreciated for something. Completely ignoring people when they are doing good work is a wonderful way to undermine them, and create an environment for failures to thrive. Even a pay raise is not as powerful as being thanked for a job well done. If you have ever been to a facility where no one is ever thanked for anything, you could make someone cry if you thanked him or her. People are nasty little crybabies.

One variation on this tip is to find a way to twist a situation so that you can actually reprimand someone for doing a good job. For example, let’s say a maintenance planner does a fine job of planning a major project, and the work is executed perfectly. Jump on the opportunity to speak to the planner in front of others, and say, “Well, Clem, you seem to have pulled off a miracle. I heard that you planned a job well. Maybe you can do that again some time, but I doubt it”. Mission accomplished. 

Tune in next week as we continue to expose the secret lives of seriously disturbed maintenance “professionals” with…

The Dirty Dozen Tip #9: Avoid Measurement at All Costs

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About Dave Krings

In 2008, Dave authored the first remotely coached Maintenance Process Optimization Program to help maintenance professionals battle the invisible system behind the scenes that, if left unchecked, undermines production and reliability.

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