Over the past month, we’ve talked about quality in the asset lifecycle - how it looks in software, why we believe it applies to Qualer, and what it means for you. Like all important topics, however, our discussion isn’t over until we’ve turned information into action.
Improving the quality of your operations will look different for every stakeholder and every organization, but big changes start with a few simple steps. As you work every day to improve your workplace and produce better results, use these tips to create quality over quantity.
1. Find tools that work
The quality of your work is largely dependant on the tools you use. When an organization uses software that requires unnecessary manual inputting or lacks the resources needed to perform their work, both time and money are wasted. Maybe this ineffective software is the “best on the market.” Or, perhaps, those are simply the tools the organization has been using for years. Either way, your work is too important to hinder with poor tools.
Instead, make your software a priority. Find the solution that empowers the work you’re doing and enables your organization to grow. Show your coworkers, partners, or employees why your tools are vital to high-quality work. There are solutions available that meet your needs or can be tailored to solve your biggest problems, so there’s no need to struggle with tools that don’t fit your organization’s needs. When you have so many other concerns, don’t let the tools you choose and use be the issue that prevents your success.
2. Get involved
Information is the greatest asset in your fight to retain business and stay ahead of your competitors. Whether you’re an asset owner or service provider, your success depends on your knowledge of the industry. Rapidly changing technology is already prompting new discussions and new regulations, which can drastically affect the way you work. As assets also develop and advance, your ability to stay up-to-date on new information can affect your downtime or turnaround time. By staying involved and aware of industry developments, you can ensure your organization’s readiness for the future and ensure success in the years to come.
3. Work smarter
We all know the old adage: “work smarter, not harder.” While cliche, it does provoke thought about the processes we use and the ways we can improve them to see better results. For a service provider, for instance, working smarter might mean replacing paper records with digital service records. Asset managers might stop manually checking compliance at the end of each day and find software that allows them to set alerts for assets that need servicing. Or, an organization might benefit from a company-wide conversation about the ineffective processes and potential changes that could be made to improve operations from top to bottom. By choosing to make changes that support smarter operations, every stakeholder can see better results.
Quality will always look different for every stakeholder and organization, but it can have the same results. By using these tips to improve the processes you use and the results you create, you can improve the quality of your work and, in a small way, the asset lifecycle. As many organizations and stakeholders make the changes needed to affect the quality of asset and service event management, the industry will begin to see greater change and improvements for all.