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.
Day Shift Takes Over Last Analysis Delivered
OP worked the night shift at a medical laboratory network testing site. 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.
His shift ended at 7 am when the day staff would arrive to take over the analyzers. The night shift supervisor instructed OP to leave any couriered shipments that arrived after 6 am for the day shift to handle because he 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.
Lily Didn’t Like It
However, OP explains that the day shift supervisor, Lily, didn’t like it when the samples were left for the day staff to process. 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 Steven.
Lily came in at half-past six, right when a large batch of late specimens were being dropped off. She told Steven that he still had to process them all before he left at 7am.
He Quietly Went Home on Time as Instructed
Steven didn’t argue and loaded the specimens on the analyzers. And then at exactly 7am, he quietly went home.
Initially, the day shift didn’t realize that Steven had left because they were busy at the beginning of their shift. However, as the analyzers started producing results and highlighting problematic specimens, they began searching for Steven.
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. The situation caused more work than if the day shift had taken over from the start.
‘Be Like Steven’
OP states that Lily hated Steven after that, but she never again told him to process late specimens.
Reddit users praised Steven for doing his own work and sticking to leaving on time since the night instructor had told them to leave the work for the day shift. Users began to write slogans about him saying “Be Like Steven” when it comes to thinking about work and how they handle all their responsibilities and conflicting communication, especially when over-time is not going to be approved.
One commenter had a similar story to Steven. They wrote about their job, as a machinist, and was given a tight deadline by his supervisor for a project.
After examining the project, the commenter concluded that it was impossible to complete within the given deadline. The supervisor, however, did not believe him and insisted that they work towards the original deadline.
The commenter continued to work on the project but left for his vacation on the first day of July, as previously planned. The project was delayed and finished in mid-September. The commenter believes that if the supervisor had listened to him, the project could have been completed without any problems.
However, other users did not think Steven did the right thing and instead should have communicated that needed to leave to ensure the work was going to get done correctly.
Medical Protocols Are Crucial
One user wrote that the medical setting involves a lot of paperwork such as recording sample batches, processing time, test results, and signatures. Steven’s actions need to be tracked, and if he did not follow the proper procedure, it could result in issues.
Accountability, consistency, and traceability are crucial in the medical field, and interruptions in the process can lead to difficulties in dealing with the fallout.
What do you think? Was Steven in the wrong for leaving on time? What would you have done?
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