StaffReady Blog

Life doesn’t have to be so hard.

Lean labs make life easier.

It’s so easy to get used to a certain way of life or be immersed in a particular culture, to the point that we are almost blind to alternate ways of doing things. This is often the case in the lab, where many of us have been there for years and years, and this is “just the way that we do things”. I remember being a student and hearing that exact phrase from older laboratorians when I would ask a question. I always took that answer as a challenge: What can we change? What can we fix? Now, as Read More

Minding the gap between generations

One of the biggest challenges for me as a laboratory leader is learning how to manage the widening generation gap between employees. The majority of laboratories are currently staffed by technical personnel in either the baby boomer or the millennial generation. Both groups have irreplaceable value to offer in terms of expertise, but we often have difficulties bringing these values to the forefront. Here are a few of the major differences I’ve noticed in our lab and some suggestions for bridging Read More

CLIA, CAP, JCAHO: Six steps to being inspection ready … perpetually!

CLIA recently released their Top 10 Deficiencies in the Nation. If you take a moment to peruse the list, you may easily spot some commonalities among the cited regulations. Think about your lab — what do you do well and what could use some improvement? Do you think it’s possible to be perpetually inspection ready? I do! Perhaps we can skip the whole “chaos and panic” part of inspection preparation by establishing workflows and processes that keep us perpetually inspection ready! So here are Read More

I’m a supervisor. Now what?

From lab bench to leadership

I made the move from bench scientist to technical supervisor almost four years ago. While I expected to be unfamiliar with certain aspects of the position, I found I was actually minimally prepared for a few of the key responsibilities of the position. I’m going to highlight the top four areas I felt least prepared for and provide you some tips on how to ease the transition. I found I was actually minimally prepared for a few of the key responsibilities of the position." Financial Read More

Six tools every lab should start using today

Do you ever stop to think about where we were in the lab just 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago? I don’t need to tell you that times sure have changed. Technology has not only improved the technical and scientific aspects of our labs, but also the day-to-day, run-of-the-mill administrative tasks we perform. Aside from some of the biggies (lab information systems, supply/inventory management, and time-keeping) that are generally managed by our institution, there are numerous web-based solutions Read More