[Histonet] Dorothy's music question

Cheryl tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com
Wed Jan 18 11:35:42 CST 2012

Hi Dorothy-
Yes, those who manage the lab have the right and responsibility to control the environment and make it conducive to good work practices. Please also consider the other side -- the techs who do work better with a little music (some of us ADD-prone bench folks).
If you're in a high-volume lab and have a bunch of smart techs, sometimes music keeps the 'drama' down.  Put a bunch of smart techs on a highly repetitive bench and we find ways to entertain ourselves!  Music can help by keeping a not-fully-occupied brain entertained.  By limiting the open area radio stations to those without cuss-words and making volume levels 'personal' or allowing one ear-bud (not two: you have to be able to hear the work around you!!) is one way.  Having a rotation of who gets to pick the radio station (taking turns) and having a universal policy is another.  Be sure to address those tasks that may be uber-repetitive but require high accuracy for which radios are a conflict such as dictation and specimen entry.
 Cutting off radios after they've been in place can be counter-productive. Another way is to ask your techs to come up with a policy that meets their wishes without compromising the needs of the work.  Sometimes they'll come up with answers that surprise and really do addresss the work related issues: one group came up with a common radio on during peak cutting times and off during transitional task times so those who like quiet got their time, too!
Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP) 
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