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  • Surviving Micromanagement

    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 just are no other jobs in the area. Feeling stuck can be a nightmare that never ends. The ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on February 13, 2015
  • The Laboratory: Operating Behind the Scenes

      The mantra of most laboratorians is, “We get no respect.” The wrenching truth about that is that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy. We provide the majority of empirical data used to make clinical decisions, we are among the most educated of healthcare professionals. Yet the truth is we are under-recognized and often underpaid, as ...
  • Collecting Good Data

    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 process, or a combination of factors. For example, we tried to collect data on how many ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 26, 2015
  • No More Monthly Meetings

    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 don’t miss it. The New York Times offers this meeting litmus test: “Will this meeting help you ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 21, 2015
  • Happy MLK Day

    Martin Luther King Jr.  was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. Best known as ''the slain civil rights leader'' his mission was fighting for civil rights through nonviolent means.  His birthday is now a federal holiday celebrated in all 50 states, although with some reluctance, on the third  Monday in January. ...
  • To Change Culture, Change People

    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 is the behavior that results when a group arrives at a set of - generally unspoken and ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 16, 2015
  • What Has Happened to the DCLS Degree?

     For several years now there has been talk about a doctorate in Medical Laboratory Science (DCLS). This idea was advanced by ASCLS to support the idea that medical laboratory science has a unique, distinct, significant body of knowledge that MLS practitioners  should be able to practice independently as do other professionals with ...
  • A New Year

    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 less. That’s a pretty good wish list for most people. I almost always forget to make New ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 29, 2014
  • Time to Reflect on 2014 and Plan for 2015

    The year is winding down and it is traditional to start looking forward to the next year. This is the time of year when we traditionally start thinking about what changes we will make in the New Year.   Some have already started penning their New Year's Resolutions. May I suggest that before you jump into crafting the year ...
  • Christmas Past

    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 really isn’t fair. In our lab all the holidays are rotated, and the techs are free to ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 24, 2014
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