While You Were Out Notes for Scientists

The lab is our workplace and in many ways it’s similar to any other job in a traditional office environment. We have a desk, a boss and a set of coworkers that on occasion can push our buttons. We even have TPS reports – although they’re more often referred to as “notebook entries” or “manuscript reviews” around the lab. However, when a co-worker steps out of the lab, an entirely different set of circumstances may ensue. Now we’re got an easy way to update the missing with the While You Were Out Notes for Scientists.

So next time a labmate places the phony “I’m in the library” message on their desk, make them sweat a bit when they return from their two-hour lunch by leaving one of these notes on their bench. Simply download, print, and fill out the note then sit back and watch what happens.

DOCTOR’S WARNING: Do not use the While You Were Out Note for Scientists on individuals with high blood pressure or short fuses as both situations could be harmful to their – or your – health.


[Click message below to download your blank While You Were Out note.]


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7 comments so far. Join The Discussion

  1. erik

    wrote on January 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    while you were out you were fired.

  2. [email protected]

    wrote on January 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Great material for While You Were out V2…

  3. genie

    wrote on January 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    thanx for adding to the stress, looks like it could be more useful to the labmate who is trying to please the boss..

  4. labmonkey

    wrote on August 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The 'while you were out' pdf is not available.

  5. [email protected]

    wrote on August 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hey labmonkey–did you click on the image of the note with red writing? It should take you to a blank PDF. Seems to be working and downloadable on my end, but please let me know if you continue to have trouble. Thanks!

  6. labmonkey

    wrote on August 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    huh that's weird. it's working now. It wasn't downloading before. thanks.

  7. [email protected]

    wrote on August 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Glad it's working now. Al Gore must have accidentally flipped the master "Internet ON/OFF" switch in his house again. Happens occasionally when he's trying to turn on the dining room lights…

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