Work Morale Assessment and Development for the Clinical Laboratory Manager

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Work morale has been a longstanding issue for managers in general, but it is assuming critical proportions for clinical laboratory managers today. Four key variables that determine work morale have been isolated: the job itself, the work group, management practices, and economic rewards. Regular assessment and development of these key morale variables via time-tested, effective, and easy-to-use techniques will help clinical laboratory managers to attract and retain competent personnel, to enhance the prospects of organizational profitability, to sustain high-quality patient care, and to earn the respect and loyalty of other health-care employees. This article discusses the components of the four key areas of morale and offers "prescriptions" to improve morale in these important areas. A survey to assess morale is also provided.

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