Life doesn't have to be so hard. Lean labs make life easier.

By Brandy Neide, MBA, MT(ASCP)

June 12, 2018

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 a slightly older laboratorian myself, I have caught myself using that same phrase, “this is just the way we do things.” Ugh – gut check! Perhaps it’s time for a pause. There are always varying ways of doing something, and often, there may be a simpler, better way. Let’s consider some ways to make lab life easier, instead of just resigning ourselves to the same old way that we’ve always done it.


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It can be difficult to declutter our workspace, to get rid of stuff, to make changes. We like to hang on to the “old”, where we are most comfortable, where we know what to expect. Don’t be afraid to consider alternate ways of doing things that may simplify and improve your lab life. Have you uncovered “ancient treasures” in your lab? Have you taken any steps to “lean” your laboratory? How has your workday been impacted by simplifying? I’d love for you to comment below with your stories and experiences.

Brandy Neide, MBA, MT(ASCP)

Brandy has been a clinical laboratory scientist in the Philadelphia region for 13 years. Her areas of expertise include laboratory-developed molecular infectious disease diagnostics, quality management, regulatory compliance, and competency assessment in high-complexity laboratory settings. In her “free” time, she enjoys spending time with her adventurous husband and 4 energetic children. Connect with Brandy on LinkedIn.