Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dear lab...

Dear Lab,

Ok Drs and Drs. to be, you are bright people or so I am told.

Why, oh why, can't you place empty bottles, boxes, etc. out in the hallway like you have been told? Why do you return them to where you found them making your lab-mates think we have more of reagent X than we actually have? Is it really that much harder to place them outside the lab? Even more perplexing though, why when said bottles, boxes, etc. are still full do you not put them back? It makes no sense if you are going to place the empty stuff back, you obviously can walk and return the containers when they are not empty.

Why are those of you who complain the loudest about supply X being low the same people who never place orders for anything?

Why do you not log off the lab computers? Do you know anyone can access your personal files? Do you realize when you are over your quota and someone else needs the computer they are going to dump your files to log you off so they can log on?

And why do you think your experiment is more important than any others in the lab? Do you realize many of us talk to one another and let each other know if we are using reagent Y, equipment Z, etc. and you know plan our experiments out beforehand and not just do things on the fly?

Please if you do not understand this, you are part of the problem. Please talk with a lab-mate and listen to what they have to say.

With much disgust,

Pondering Fool


Anonymous said...

wow, I thought people like that only existed in my lab.

Anonymous said...

I really like the guys who complain that they work with slobs, but they themselves are the messiest!!

Propter Doc said...

People in labs don't think sometimes. I sympathise. The folks in my lab often seem to leave their brains at the door each day.

PonderingFool said...

Anonymous- messy is not a problem. I am messy. The question is whether you return supplies, take trash out, etc (i.e. help the lab run smoothly) or not. No one is perfect all the time. I know I am not, but some people are forgetful far more often than others while there are those who tend to do more than their fair share.