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Texting at Work
July 1, 2015 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
Consultant Rebecca Mazin complains on the website All Business, “I have personally noted many examples of flagrant, highly inappropriate workplace texting.” What about your laboratory? Chances are, it’s happening regardless of policy enforcement. A 2011 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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Customer or Self Service?
May 27, 2015 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Customer service has its bromides: follow the Golden Rule (treat customers as you want to be treated); the Platinum Rule (treat customers the way they want to be treated); exceed, don’t meet customer expectations, etc. But all this boils down to one simple Read More...
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When Are You Too Sick To Work?
May 4, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
Viruses make the rounds during the winter months, and here in northern Maine with Spring finally here we’re still seeing coughing, stuffy heads, and wheezing. Allergy season is fast on the heels of a winter season that never seemed to end. I’ve not been Read More...
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The Lab Week That Was
April 24, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
April is a busy month. It is Alcohol, Foot Health, Autism, Hepatitis, Child Abuse, Humor, Facial Protection, Minority Health, Occupational Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sport’s Eye Safety, and Woman’s Health and Safety Awareness Month, according Read More...
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A Better Cell Count Calculation
April 10, 2015 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today . Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was 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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When Should You Upgrade?
March 9, 2015 2:13 PM by Scott Warner
Your laboratory is probably a mix of old and new technology. You may have refrigerators decades old, small centrifuges that were purchased used and still run strong, a coagulation analyzer at the end of its five year contract, and a chemistry analyzer 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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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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A New Year
December 29, 2014 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
Time lists these commonly forgotten resolutions: lose weight and get fit, quit smoking, learn something new,eat healthier and diet, get out of debt and save money, spend more time with family, travel to new places, be less stressed, volunteer, and drink Read More...
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Christmas Past
December 24, 2014 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
I’ve worked many Christmases, like most lab techs. Someone has to, right? It isn’t all bad, either. Some techs prefer to work Christmas because they might celebrate the holiday on a different day. In other labs the noobs get stuck with Christmas, which Read More...
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Our Aging Eyes
December 10, 2014 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
It’s becoming harder and harder to see what I used to take for granted. I’ve always been nearsighted and worn glasses since age ten. I’ve never thought twice about it until a few years ago. Myopia (nearsightedness) is caused by an image focusing in front Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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