2.4 Work Smarter Not Harder
Asset Management may first appear to be the type of program that will require personnel to take on more work and be overtaxed and it may seem as though there is no way to ever fit these extra duties into an already tight schedule. Asset Management is not meant to be a burdensome activity. It is actually quite the opposite. It should provide tools that change what you do and how you do it so that you become more efficient and effective, have more planned activities and less reactionary activities, and make better decisions. Asset Management is designed to allow you to work smarter not harder.
There may be times in the short term that Asset Management activities require a little additional time or effort to allow you to transition from the "old way" of doing things to an Asset Management way of doing things, but the time spent will be worth it in the long run.
The single biggest factor that will make you successful in your Asset Management endeavors is to open your mind to a new way of thinking about your assets and how you manage them. Changing your thinking, alone, will have a big impact on how you operate and manage your utility.
What are the Obstacles to "Buy-In" in Your Utility?       ______ It's too expensive.
______ It takes too much time.
______ It's too complicated.
______ It won't work here.
______ We're too small to do this.
______ We're too big to do this.
______ It's just one more management fad.
______ I already have too much to do.
______ The Council will never approve it.
______ Our customers don't want us wasting our time this way.