Monthly Archives: January 2015

Prepare yourselves for 2015 – New Employee Training

It’s all over Linked In. The President mentioned it in the State of the Union Address this week….

Apparently 2015 is the year to make a career move. These are highly optimistic times… Exciting times. Its good that the Country can begin to breathe again at work.

These forecasts indicate to me, that there is likely going to be a lot of movement in and out of our labs, as people explore career opportunities that are abounding.

For a QA Manager, a flux of employees is absolutely unnerving, with hurried transitions, and a steep learning curve for the new guys. While it isn’t obvious, we can play a crucial roll in the on-boarding and subsequent training to help smooth the transitions.

My plan?

  • Communicate with managers to establish clear goals for new employee training and IDOCs, before the training begins.
  • Update my New Employee QA and Ethics Training material for improved engagement.
  • Clear my desk as often as possible so that I’m approachable to the new guy.
  • Keep an open mind to opportunities to make things easier for the lab.

How are you preparing for the flux?

The Ideal QA Manager…

This an ongoing series discussing those soft skills that are useful to any Quality Assurance Manager.

Most of topics are attributes that I aspire to maintain, or develop, in my personal QA Journey.   The are not attributes that are found in job descriptions, or even essential to doing the job itself.  The are attributes that I believe make an effective, approachable, QA Manager.  One that is able to help the laboratory (or any operation) achieve new heights, and maintain a competitive edge.

So, without further a do,  The Ideal QA Manager…

The Ideal QA Manager… Has Something to Prove

Welcome to 2015

In the recent months, I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to work on this little side project of mine. With the holidays, and a crazy… insane… workload at the Lab, I’ve been a bit distracted. With the New Year, however, comes a refocus on one of the main focuses of the last 10 years of my career.

I would be remiss if I didn’t start this post pointing out the fact that we in the business of ensuring the quality of laboratory data have a fairly thankless job. Effectiveness in our positions means that there is little recognition. Our diligent work behind the scenes ensures that everything runs smoothly, efficiently, and generally without blemish.

When things go south, the first question always seems to be, where was QA when this thing or that was snowballing into a really bad thing?

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