Working in a lab environment can be stressful if you don’t like to follow procedures. Yet, there are still moments when creativity and thinking outside the box are rewarded. Here are some tips to help you to be successful and maintain your professionalism.
Work Towards a Common Goal
Depending on the lab environment, you may have a common goal that everyone is trying to accomplish. Learning how to work in a team will be to your benefit. This means that you need to do your part and pull your own weight. Your teammates won’t respect you if you aren’t willing to work hard. Every aspect of the experiment or project will likely rely on another part. Coordinate your efforts so that you can complete things on time and correctly.
When you’ve completed your tasks, offer to help other members of the team. This will lend well to building up relationships and trust. You may even have the opportunity to develop a new skill set. Another aspect of being supportive is to not undercut the other members of your team. Don’t engage in gossip or other things that may be detrimental to your team. Consider that the lab is like your home and your coworkers are your family. You wouldn’t have a very cohesive household if you didn’t support each other.
Use the Right Equipment
Make sure that you’re using the right equipment to get the job done. You also need to make sure that you’re using it correctly. For example, consider using an explosion proof air mixer if you need to combine volatile ingredients. Your coworkers will thank you if you don’t make a large mess in the lab. This could cause their projects to have problems or fail. Look into purchasing mixing equipment from a company like Arrow Mixing Products or some other leader in the industry.
Do Your Research
Don’t forget to research all of your projects before you start them. Doing things in a haphazard manner isn’t going to win you any points. In order to be successful you need to use your resources. This may mean that you ask for assistance if you’re unsure about the process. Part of being a professional is that you put forth the effort to do the job correctly. It can also show the other members of the team that you trust their judgement and value their expertise.
A lab environment is different than working in an office. There’s a different set of pressures and standards of protocol that need to be maintained.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.