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Scheduling Vacations
July 20, 2015 10:54 AM by Scott Warner
It makes sense for an employer to encourage employees to use their time off. It also makes sense to be as fair as possible. And here’s where it gets interesting. As a bench tech you may feel that your vacation time is arbitrarily denied or other techs Read More...
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How Many Vacations?
July 15, 2015 12:40 PM by Scott Warner
Vacation time - PTO (paid time off) or ETO (earned time off) - is a benefit offered by many organizations. There are no federal regulations regarding what employers should do, but most who offer it do so on a seniority scale. The longer you work at an Read More...
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Are You Micromanaged?
February 9, 2015 5:11 AM by Scott Warner
Merriam Webster defines micromanage as “to try to control or manage all the small parts of (something, such as an activity) in a way that is usually not wanted or that causes problems.” While managers are sometimes labeled as such, micromanagement is Read More...
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Collecting Good Data
January 26, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
As professional data collectors, lab techs are poor data collectors, at least when it comes to quality assurance. I’m not sure why this is. It could be a flaw in the collection method, distractions that take priority, measurement interference with the Read More...
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No More Monthly Meetings
January 21, 2015 5:58 AM by Scott Warner
One of my management resolutions will be easy to keep in 2015, because it’s already happening: fewer meetings. The monthly, boring department meeting is so entrenched in corporate culture it’s difficult to imagine work without it. But once gone people Read More...
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To Change Culture, Change People
January 16, 2015 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
A work culture defines how things are done. Susan Heathfield defines this as a workplace personality - a good definition - writing it “is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors shared by a group of people. Culture 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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Action Meetings
November 21, 2014 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
Every meeting takes at least an hour, not including prep, finish, and homework time. Many meetings run over. They are, as Charlie Kim describes in the Huffington Post, red wine discussions (might as well drink, because nothing will be accomplished) or Read More...
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IG# and Sepsis
October 10, 2014 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
Our current hematology analyzer was a big step up from a Sysmex K4500 with a 3-part differential to a Sysmex XT-1800i with a 5-part differential. I remember arranging a conference call between the bean counters and the pathologist to explain why the difference Read More...
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How Many Tests?
July 28, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratories revise a test menu based on clinical need or cost. The common “bread and butter” tests I blogged about last time are easy to decide on and often performed on analyzers with volume discounts. But in many cases estimating the volume of tests Read More...
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Take Advantage of Wellness
July 4, 2014 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
According to a Rand Corporation report about half of U.S. employers offer wellness programs. The bigger the employer, the bigger the program, many of which include risk assessments. Despite evidence that wellness is associated with lower healthcare costs Read More...
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Do You Work For a Bully?
June 30, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Remarkably, 54 million Americans have been bullied at some point in their careers, either peer to peer or from a boss. Writes author Sherri Gordon in About, “Many times people don’t even realize that their boss is bullying them. Instead, they falsely Read More...
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Are You Recognized?
June 16, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Being recognized for what we do is an essential human need. We appreciate a thank you, acknowledgement, or praise at work. The giver and receiver benefit from a sincere “Thanks!” Whether the effort is big or small -- sometimes the smallest things matter Read More...
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When the House Manager Calls
June 11, 2014 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
Wouldn’t you know it, the one time in six months I’m in Bangor having dinner with friends I get a phone call. The restaurant is noisy, so I have to walk out to the parking lot to hear. It’s the hospital. “Scott, this is Jane the house manager. Your lab Read More...
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Are You A High Performer?
May 28, 2014 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
“He’s a talker,” a colleague once described one of his employees to me. “I’m lucky if I can get five hours a day out of him.” Time is money, and any time spent wasted while at work is a productivity hit. Forbes reports that most employees surf the Web Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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