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Reducing Stress
June 25, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Layoffs, cutbacks, mergers, downsizing, and outsourcing, common in business, have come to healthcare and laboratories. What used to be a secure job with plenty of opportunity now is filled with unknowns in an uncertain economy. According to Forbes the Read More...
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Stress at Work
June 19, 2015 7:14 AM by Scott Warner
ABC News reports Medical Professional as right in the middle of the most stressful jobs in America, right behind working parents, deployed military personnel, and police officer. These types of lists vary from survey to survey, but the reason stress is Read More...
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A Good Fit
June 5, 2015 6:31 AM by Scott Warner
A full time employee easily spends most of his or her time at work, especially when you include prep time (rearranging personal schedule, laundry and ironing, shopping for uniforms, travelling, homework, and all the worrying behind the scenes. You might Read More...
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Interviewing at the Bench
June 1, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
It’s easy to forget that interviewing is about buying and selling. It’s easy to be so focused on getting a job that you forget the importance of getting the right job. The wrong job (if you haven’t had one yet, just wait) can be miserable and all-consuming. Read More...
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Many Hats
April 29, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
In the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone a magical hat (what else?) decides where to place the young wizard students at Hogwart’s. The hat almost places Harry with his arch enemies (Myers-Briggs isn’t perfect, either). It’s a great story, one Read More...
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Get Out of the Basement
April 1, 2015 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
Critical access hospitals should be just that for communities. But USA Today reported last November in a story called “Rural hospitals in critical condition,” “Since the beginning of 2010, 43 rural hospitals — with a total of more than 1,500 beds — have Read More...
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Economies of Scale
March 27, 2015 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
Are we seeing the last gasps of community hospital laboratories? Sometimes I wonder. A 2007 article in Clinical Chemistry states , “Many laboratories already outsource esoteric tests to other (reference) laboratories, but outsourcing should also be considered Read More...
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When Choosing a Job, Shop For Value
February 23, 2015 5:44 AM by Scott Warner
Interviewing for a job is stressful, especially if you don’t have a job and need one. It’s easy to forget that you’re not just buying what an employer is selling - working conditions, pay rate, benefits, culture, etc. - but shopping. What should you be Read More...
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Surviving Micromanagement
February 13, 2015 6:56 AM by Scott Warner
Working for a micromanager is demoralizing, and what’s even worse is when you can’t leave. Maybe you’re a new graduate and it’s your first job, you really like your coworkers, you need the money because you have kids that just started college, or there Read More...
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Small Favors Improve Teamwork
January 30, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
There’s a misconception in management circles that people need to know each other socially to get along. If I hang out with you in a non-stress environment where we can avoid talking about work I’ll find out that you’re really a great person and not just Read More...
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Your Social Media Career
January 2, 2015 6:20 AM by Scott Warner
Merriam Webster defines career as “a job or profession that someone does for a long time,” a traditional definition related to one’s vocation or life’s work. But the website Dictionary.com adds a more general “a person’s progress or general course of Read More...
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It’s What We Do
December 1, 2014 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
What we do is often complicated. For example, asking for help from coworkers sounds easy but isn’t. Clinical psychologist Ellen Hendrickson cites several reasons we don’t including fear of being a burden, fear of losing control, fear of owing a favor, Read More...
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For the Best Results, Hire Professionals
October 15, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
The late oil well firefighter Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” During staffing shortages or budget crunches it can be expedient to hire a warm body but disastrous in the Read More...
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Why We Work
September 12, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Middle managers are often told to “engage” employees with buzzwords and gimmicks: empowerment, inclusion, work teams with stupid names made of acronyms, action plans, team huddles, and good old-fashioned delegation. We need to train our replacements, Read More...
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Work Friendships Are Crucial
September 8, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
As much as we would love to believe a job is just a job, it is much more than that: it consumes time, energy, and emotions; it advances, stalls, or kills careers; it creates fulfillment, ennui, or anger. And there’s the other thing: coworkers. One blogger Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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