How to nurture employees in your lab
Working in the field of science can be an incredibly thrilling and rewarding career. Discoveries in modern medicine and technology are often driven by scientists, and this type of work has the power to change how we live. But, despite all this, working in a lab can be frustrating and slow going at times.
It's important to keep talented science professionals enthused because their work has such a global importance. On that note, here are some ways to keep scientists motivated and thinking creatively.
Get excited about failures
Failure is an inevitable part of science. It is up to those in charge of the lab to reframe failures as learning opportunities. After all, those efforts are not wasted if they provide a roadmap to the right answers in the end. Try to solve problems as a team and work together toward success. This way, even challenges can be enjoyable.
Take them straight to the source and remind them who or what they are trying to help.
Put a face to the problem
Science is all about improving current situations – whether that be trying to find a cure for cancer or testing ways to clean water. However, scientists are often relatively removed from those 'real life' environments when they are working in the lab. To help keep teams motivated, take them straight to the source and remind them who or what they are trying to help. Putting a face to the problem humanises everything and can encourages your team to keep trucking.
Run regular training
Never stop learning! Training courses don't necessarily have to revolve around what is being done in the lab – in fact, it might be better if they don't. In order to get fresh perspective, people need a break every now and then. Introducing new people or colleagues to run fresh experiments every now and then will help shake up the routine and could ultimately lead to greater discoveries!
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