Insourcing Versus Outsourcing: Find the Right Fit for Your Traffic Safety System Maintenance

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Solving a traffic safety problem starts with finding and installing the right solution. This is just the first step though. Getting the most out of your traffic safety system and keeping it in top shape requires regular preventative maintenance. Proper preventative maintenance keeps your system up to date, helps you meet safety standards and catches any outdated parts or problems early on. When roadway safety is on the line, routine maintenance is a must.

One key question to answer when planning preventative maintenance is whether you will conduct this service in-house or outsource with a service agreement. Utilizing your own team for preventative maintenance affords you more flexibility and control, but outsourcing can decrease costs and provide you with more resources.

Below we’ve broken down the benefits of both maintenance routes to help you decide which is the best fit for your traffic safety system.


The Benefits of Insourcing


1. Retain more control over how and when work is performed

You can operate on your own schedule when you turn to your team to service your traffic safety systems. You get to decide exactly when and how maintenance is conducted, constructing a team that fits your unique needs.

2. Operate your maintenance plan with flexibility

Enacting last minute schedule or service changes is simpler with in-house maintenance since there is no coordination with a third party. Having more control over the maintenance performed affords you greater flexibility.

3. Experience easier communication to ensure results are what you envisioned

Working with your own team often means there is established and comfortable communication. Your own employees are more accessible, so you can ensure the preventative maintenance performed is exactly what you desire.


The Benefits of Outsourcing


1. Prevent employee burnout

When you outsource your preventative maintenance with a service agreement, you obtain support and resources that can remove strain from your own team. This prevents employee burnout at your organization in a scalable and cost-effective way.

2. Receive additional expertise and resources

Companies you outsource to have the system knowledge and resources you need. Not only can you reach out with questions and rely on them to provide the right parts for your system, but the work is under warranty, ensuring manageable costs if something goes wrong.

3. Reduce costs associated with staffing and training full-time employees

Hiring an outside company for your traffic safety system preventative maintenance can actually reduce costs associated with hiring, retaining and training your own employees. It also saves time in training and managing these resources, allowing you to flex the resources when needed to avoid layoffs or urgent hiring needs.

If having complete control of system maintenance is important to you, the flexibility of performing preventative maintenance in-house may be appealing. If cost is a determining factor and you’d benefit from additional expertise and tools, outsourcing may work best for you.
Whether you insource or outsource, planning for the preventative maintenance of your traffic safety systems is vital. The safety of the traveling public relies on up-to-date signs and systems, so they can continue to improve traffic safety.


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