A Reddit user wrote about a situation at his work regarding a fellow co-worker leaving on time and the supervisor being upset about it.
Working the Night Shift
OP worked the night shift at a medical laboratory network testing site.
A Typically Busy Shift
The shift was typically busy, as the specimens were collected during the day and delivered to the testing site by couriers starting in the evening and continuing throughout the night.
Finishing at 7 AM
OP’s shift ended at 7 AM when the day staff would arrive to take over the analyzers.
Overtime Wouldn’t Be Given for Staying Late
The night shift supervisor instructed OP to leave any couriered shipments that arrived after 6 AM for the day shift to handle, because OP needed to perform end-run quality control on the analyzers, clean them, and file paperwork at 6 AM.
There was no time to start running a late batch of specimens, and overtime wouldn’t be given for staying late to do so.
The Supervisor Didn’t Like It When Samples Were Left
However, OP explained that the day shift supervisor, Linda, didn’t like it when the samples were left for the day staff to process.
The Night Shift Was Covered by Their Coworker
She instructed OP that they needed to be more efficient during the night shift and get them all done. The next day, OP wasn’t working, and the night shift was covered by their co-worker, Sam.
She Told Him to Get All the Work Done
Linda came in at half-past six, right when a large batch of late specimens was being dropped off. She told Sam that he still had to process them all before he left at 7 am.
Sam didn’t argue and loaded the specimens on the analyzers. And then, at exactly 7 am, he quietly went home.
Chaos in the Lab
Initially, the day shift didn’t realize that Sam had left because they were busy at the beginning of their shift.
They Began Searching for Sam
However, as the analyzers started producing results and highlighting problematic specimens, they began searching for Sam.
There was confusion about his whereabouts and whether he had informed anyone before leaving. Additionally, there were questions about the paperwork and what needed to be done next.
She Never Again Told Him to Process Late Specimens
The situation caused more work than if the day shift had taken over from the start. OP states that Linda hated Sam after that, but she never again told him to process late specimens.
Crucial Roles in the Medical Field
Accountability, consistency, and traceability are crucial in the medical field, and interruptions in the process can lead to difficulties in dealing with the fallout.
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