Seven steps towards health and happiness in the lab

A productive lab need not be a negative environment, says Fernando T. Maestre.

Studies show that if we are happy, we work better and are both more creative and more productive. Here are seven key principles that I follow as a PI to make the staff and researchers in my lab as happy as possible, and to maintain a nurturing and collaborative environment:

 

1. We are people before we are scientists.

2. We are all in control of our own schedules.

3. My lab members work with me — not for me.

4. Everyone is doing a job just as important as everyone else's.

5. I never expect anyone to do the same as I do.

6. I never compare anyone with anyone else.

7. We all have deadlines.

 

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