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Kick bad habits and fight the flu at the office
Infection Control Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As flu season approaches, nearly 70 percent of employees admit to coming into the office while sick, a habit that may increase the spread of this common virus at the office. Even with heightened preventive measures at businesses across the country, this finding from a recent survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., confirms that office workers continue to stick to old habits. More

Reduce diagnostic errors in your lab with CLMA Education
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An estimated 80,000 deaths occur annually from diagnostic errors and up to 17 percent of hospitalized patients suffer a diagnostic error. Examine the science of diagnostic errors and learn to improve patient outcomes that can reduce the risk of these errors in this week's featured Education on Demand session. This session is based on CLMA's BOK Domain 9, Medical Decision Support.

Watch your inbox every Thursday morning for the Weekly Curriculum Sale discount codes, featuring $15 off CLMA's highest-rated EOD sessions. And visit our Facebook page or LinkedIn group and tell the CLMA community how you have reduced diagnostic errors at your lab.

Show your culture
Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
These days, there's a lot of buzz about culture change. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsors surveys and other tools to assess a patient safety culture. Your workplace may be focused on a "just" culture that encourages staff to admit errors. And across the country hospitals are trying to "become supportive work environments that are conducive to nurse workforce retention." But can you see the difference? By understanding how your culture shows itself, you can understand change, spot warning signs of resistance and work together to build a stronger team. More

CE credits now attached to CLMA Education
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CE credits are now attached to Education on Demand sessions recorded from ThinkLab '11. If you have recently purchased an EOD session, contact CLMA at or 312.321.5111 to find out how to receive CE. This offer expires Nov. 25. Continue to check your inbox every Thursday for $15 off the weekly featured EOD session throughout the duration of our Weekly Curriculum Sale. Remember, you can access your purchased EOD sessions at any time and from any computer so stock up during the sale and take the courses at your own pace. More

Can you revive dead-weight employees?
Fortune via CNNMoney    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your company is probably carrying dead weight, though it might not be where you think. Managers often harbor the fear that employees with one foot out the door will lose motivation to work hard at their current jobs, and that's a real problem: more and more people want to leave their jobs today than in years past. But employees on the way out aren't actually as big of a threat to a healthy corporate culture as the growing ranks of disillusioned and frustrated workers who simply stay put. More

The challenge of the average employee
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most businesses have a normal distribution of talent — a limited number, say top 10 percent, of high potential, rock star performers, a bottom decile of underperformers and a thick middle of 80 percent of folks who get the day-to-day stuff done. In well-managed businesses, there are clear feedback mechanisms to ensure that the bottom of the talent pack gets managed out efficiently and objectively. More

Survey set to measure impact of trend by urologists and GIs to create their own in-office anatomic pathology laboratories
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One trend reshaping the profession of anatomic pathology with surprising speed is the growth of in-clinic pathology laboratories by specialist physicians. As each office-based physician group builds its own in-clinic pathology laboratory, local pathology groups and medical laboratories lose access to the tissue specimens these doctors now process in their own pathology lab. This trend has significant consequences for the nation's 3,300 pathology group practices, as well as those national pathology and clinical laboratory companies that compete for the biopsy tissue referrals of office-based physicians. Losing access to the tissue referrals of local physicians makes it tougher for local pathologists to develop a broad range of experience and skills. More

What are your office peeves?
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What annoys you at work? LinkedIn asked 17,653 professionals what they thought. Pet peeves in this part of the world are: people not taking ownership for their actions, dirty common areas — such as the fridge — and constant complainers. After asking Samuel Day, a workplace expert from, whether we're all just a bit little too precious. Shouldn't we just all calm down? Sam says, yes, but some of our peeves are legitimate when they relate to performance. For example: too many meetings, starting meetings late and sending too many unimportant emails. More

Why your people don't trust you, and how to fix it
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The belief that in today's rapidly turning environment it is no longer enough to build employee engagement; one needs to build involvement. You need employees who not only believe in their leader, but who are actively involved in achieving your company's vision. Imagine that. You recruit a team and they get passionately committed to the work, so much so that if you leave and someone else takes over, the employees do not skip a beat, they keep on pushing toward the goal. That seems to me to be the entrepreneur's nirvana. You build a machine that keeps growing and growing, even after you leave. More

A timeline of American employee rights
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In 1794, shoemakers in Philadelphia organized a union, which they named the Federal Society of Journeymen Cordwainers. Ten years later, the union went on strike, arguing for higher wages. In response, their employers brought them to court — and won. The case, Commonwealth v. Pullis made striking a federal crime, akin to conspiracy. Thirty-five years later Commonwealth v. Hunt reversed the decision and granted unions the legal right to strike. More

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