Laboratory Administration
Personnel management
Who does what?

Author: Richard Horowitz, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 25 January 2017, last major update November 2013

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Definition / general
  • The goal of Personnel Management is to work with people, to motivate them, allow them to contribute, develop and achieve
  • Many in a hospital or healthcare system are responsible for the various aspects of personnel management
Hospital or System Administration
  • Responsible for:
    • Strategic planning
    • Approval of personnel budget
Human Resources Department
  • Responsible for:
    • Developing personnel policies
    • Producing an employee handbook
    • Approving job descriptions
    • Developing job classifications
    • Recruitment and advertising for vacancies
    • Preliminary interviews and reference checks
    • Assistance with disciplinary actions
    • Implementation of labor laws and regulations
  • Function as employee advocates
  • May be involved in:
    • Organizing
    • Bargaining
    • Working conditions
    • Grievances
Laboratory Section Supervisors
  • Responsible for:
    • Defining the job description(s) with the Lab Manager
    • Developing performance standards for each job
    • Interviewing and selecting candidate best qualified to fill the job
    • Providing new employees orientation
    • Assuring employee retention
    • Assessing competencies
    • Staffing and scheduling
Laboratory Director and Laboratory Manager
  • Responsible for:
    • Approving job descriptions and performance standards
    • Approving employee selection
    • Defining job descriptions and standards for higher level positions
    • Interviewing and selecting higher level positions
    • Developing personnel budget for the department
    • Implementing and enforcing departmental and institutional personnel policies
    • Assuring worker achievement, worker safety and esprit de corps