Dusting off my boots

There are times in life when you have to take time to equilibrate.  The last year has certainly been one of those times for LabHandler.

The amount of change that our family has been through has been astronomical, and those transitions have taken much of my energy.  Jobs change, cities change, schools change, routines change…  to keep on top of it all, something inevitably move to the back burner.

Fear not!  LabHandler may have been dormant, but it is not dead.

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Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

It has been some time since my last post…

The fact of the matter is that 2015 has indeed turned out to be a year of adventure.

I wanted to take a moment to touch base.  My personal accountability to this project of mine.   I’ve not, for a moment, lost sight of LabHandler.  Everyday, I’m filing away ideas for topics that I’d like to explore through this medium.

Of course, with side projects, they sometimes fall down on the list of priorities.

I’ve found this to be particularly true in the midst of the major life change that encompasses a relocation and a shift in industries.

It’s overwhelming to say the least, but exciting none the less. I am in the home stretch of the transition, and spending most of the energy acquainting myself with my new lab.  But rest assured, I still have great plans for this project!  It has not been abandoned!

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?