3 Common Misconceptions About Being a Food Laboratory Technician

This month Cherney features Kea Schmuhl, one of our dedicated Sample Preparations Technicians who looks to clear up some of the misconceptions about working in a testing laboratory.  Thank you to Kea for her insight and unique perspective!

When people ask me what I do for a living and I say, “I’m a Sample Preparation Technician,” or work in a “Food Safety Testing Laboratory” they often make generalized assumptions. These thoughts tend to be based on the stereotypes they have seen on TV or read in a book portraying laboratory technicians.  However, quite a few of these assumptions are not the case when describing my role as a Sample Preparation Technician at Cherney.

Engagement & Empowerment = Happy Employees!

It is not a secret that companies across the county are looking to build their workforce to include motivated and engaged individuals. This leads to two questions: 1) what does this mean for your organization and 2) what does this mean for you?  How does “engagement” and “empowerment” correlate to the actions occurring at your company?  Does it mean having your employee’s interested in what the company is doing?  Giving them the power to come up with changes and implement them?

5 Key Traits that make YOU a Great Fit for a Career in Food Safety

One of the many KEY responsibilities when working in Food Safety is to provide an accurate result.  This ensures that our customers’ products going out to the public are safe from bacteria and pathogens; organisms that could cause contamination, launch a recall and ultimately be detrimental to the customer and consumer.  

Keeping & Encouraging Employee Engagement

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Those are words by Henry Ford; they still have meaning today for all of us.

Engagement and Empowerment are part of today’s culture.  Giving employee’s the opportunity to provide input on decisions and work processes within the company not only engages and empowers the employee, but also gives them a sense of worth and contribution. It instills confidence to think outside of the box and offer up their ideas.
There are so many things that can be said about keeping employees and engaging them. Involvement by everyone in Lean efforts helps support our foundational vision of a High Performance Team Based Culture.  It creates the environment where everyone has input in what we do and we takes great pride in celebrating successes together as a team.