Laboratory Management- General Functions of a Laboratory Manager

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MEDICAL LABORATORY MANAGEMENT (MLB 2120)
BTECH: BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT 2: APPRAISE MANAGEMENT STYLES APPLICABLE TO THE LABORATORY
DATE: 19 MARCH 2013

JJ. ROSSOUW
S210034297

Contents: page
Introduction 3
What is expected from a manager? 3-4
What knowledge and skills do they need? 4
What training and qualifications do they need? 4
Five basic functions of a manager 5
Roles performed by managers 5-7
Skills required by a manager 8
Conclusion 9
References 10

Introduction
In this assignment the general functions of a laboratory manager is being discussed. The laboratory(lab) manager is involved in organizing all aspects of the laboratory
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There are five basic functions of a Manager: 1. Planning- this step involves mapping out exactly how to achieve a particular goal. 2. Organizing- After the plan is in place, a manager needs to organize the employees and assign work and granting authority. 3. Staffing- After a manager discerns their areas needs, they decide to beef up staffing by recruiting, selecting, training and developing employees. They often work with the Human resource department to approach this goal. 4. Leading- A manger must do more than just plan, organize to achieve their goals but they must also lead. Leading involves motivating, communicating, guiding and encouraging. It requires the manager to coach, assist, and solve problems with the employees. 5. Controlling- After the other elements are in place, a manager’s job is not finished. They need to continuously check results against goals and take any corrective actions necessary to make sure that their areas plans remain on track (http://m.cliffsnotes.com).
Roles performed by managers:
A manager wears many hats. Not only are they a teamleader but are also involved in planning, organizing coaching, problem-solving and decision-making. Manager’s schedules are usually jam-packed. Henry Mintzberg describes a set of ten roles that a manager fills. These roles fall into three categories: * Interpersonal: this role involves human interaction. * Informational: This role involves the sharing and analyzing of

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