eLABorate Topics

Hosted ByLona Small, Stephanie Whitehead, & Tywauna Wilson

Leadership and Technical Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals to excel inside and outside of the lab.

Episode 45: “Achieving Work Life Balance For Today’s Laboratorian”

Co-Hosts Tywauna Wilson, Lona Small, and Stephanie Whitehead discuss various strategies achieving work life balance for today’s laboratorian.
“Work-life balance will mean different things to different people because, after all, we all have different life commitments and in  our always-on world, balance is a very personal thing, and only you can decide the lifestyle that suits you best.”-  Hank Jackson, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management 

Key Takeaways from the show:

Issues that cause work life inbalance:


  • Increased Responsibilities at work
  • Working longer hours
  • Increased responsibilities at home
  • Family priorities

Signs you or a coworker may be over stressed or need downtime

  • Just need a break
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Staff not participating as much as they used to
  • Loss of interest
  • Back pain
  • Short tempered/find that you are losing your cool

Tips for taking downtime or creating balance

  • Let go of perfection
  • Strive for excellence
  • Set limits
  • Schedule your breaks and days as best you can
  • Don’t over schedule yourself
  • Learn to say no
  • Detach from work; having the clear expectations of limits

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