Your lab employees work hard and are committed to the success of your organization. Keeping them motivated is an important component of any lab manager’s job responsibilities. Keeping employees feeling appreciated can improve morale, employee engagement, and productivity. Also, valued employees are less likely to leave, reducing overall turnover, recruitment and training costs. We know that training new employees on software such as a laboratory information management system is a component of those costs. The decision of how to recognize and reward lab employees can differ widely based on the type of lab and the type of work being done. Regardless of what form the reward or recognition takes, it’s important to make sure employees are aware of what is being done and why.Continue reading “Recognition and Reward in the Lab”
For those thrust into a managerial role for the first time, it can be bewildering, with a whole new series of responsibilities, regulations, and obligations. Fortunately, with a little practice and the right systems in place, lab managers can achieve great things. Here are a few tips for success as a lab manager.
Manage Your Capacity
New managers have a tendency to try to do it all. They feel pressure to get it all right the first time. Not only is such a strategy unrealistic, it is an unfair burden.
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Lab sample management in the age of automation can expedite lab processes and ensure speedy reporting for lab personnel or regulators.
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To better manage complex compliance issues, you need a lab management system that helps you maintain proper control of processes, data and people. At Freezerworks, we refer to this important component of LIMS development as the periodic table of compliance. While no LIMS can claim to make your entire system “complaint,” Freezerworks brings assurance to one area of the compliance table shown above.
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When looking for a laboratory information management system (LIMS), there are many considerations – price, functionality, future growth, and impact on processes.
A LIMS can provide robust features related to lab automation, reporting, billing and sample management. There are major cost savings with lab information management systems, ranging from a more efficient use of staff time to reduced need for server space and cooling costs.
There are many factors that go into selecting a LIMS. There are technical considerations, ownership costs, usability, features offered, and security functions to ponder. Continue reading “Cost savings with lab information management systems”
Perhaps one of the most complicated parts of a lab management software installation is the need to ensure that the program works properly with related systems … and equipment … used by the lab, its suppliers, and its customers. Continue reading “Best practices in lab information system integration”
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of “Lean Healthcare,” as a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger.
We recently talked to Mark about what going Lean entails and how it can be applied to healthcare and laboratory settings. Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading “Expert Interview Series: Mark Graban of Leanhospitalsbook.com”
Using Freezerworks to manage a wildlife contraception center and biorepositoryBy Rick Michels
Marketing Director, Freezerworks
For exotic and endangered wildlife, whether it be the giant panda, white rhino, mountain gorilla, or even the humble koala, fertility is our ally and great hope for species preservation. When such animals successfully mate in captivity and bear surviving offspring, we naturally celebrate. Such stories are so heartwarming and popular that we don’t often consider the other side of the equation: what does a zoo do to prevent a population explosion? Public service announcements remind us of the importance of having our pets neutered, so much so that it often seems this is the only form of animal birth control. But is it? Do tigers and lions utilize artificial contraception like humans do?
The answer is yes. Wildlife contraception is a lesser known but important part of wildlife management: whether that management takes place in a zoo, a natural park, or even in those rapidly shrinking open spaces. And just as humans remain concerned about health and safety issues as they relate to contraception, researchers who work in animal contraception are similarly concerned with the safety and efficacy of chemical based birth control. Continue reading “Biobanking, Zoology, and The Pill”
Here are some best practices that reinforce the concept that standards matter for laboratory quality control.
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Inventory control is an essential component of proper lab management. Without inventory control, compliance, results, accuracy and patient safety are compromised.
Creating a discipline around inventory control is an effective way to teach staff members the importance of personal responsibility in lab management and the need for systems and processes that are necessary for efficient lab operations.
There are a number of other, ancillary benefits to better inventory control. Automating inventory processes further reinforces why inventory control is so essential to good lab management.
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