Caring for Your People - In the Lab and At Home

Andrey Badalyan October 2nd 2020

With local workspace restrictions and regulations in full swing, biotech companies are carefully planning lab return strategies. Most lab-based employees still operate remotely with scheduled access or no access to lab work. In these unusual times, it is crucial to stay connected with your lab members not only to maintain productivity levels but also to ensure the emotional wellbeing of your team. Which strategies do biotechs and lab managers use to ensure effective communication within their teams? Here are the tips biotechs are using to boost and maintain their team communication.

1. Choosing the best available communication tool.

Having a virtual cloud-based communication tool for the lab members has proven to be one of the keys to boosting productivity for biotech companies. There are many great tools to choose from when it comes to connecting your lab. Biotechs find messengers like Slack, Google Hangouts and Cisco Park most useful for keeping their teams engaged in a slightly more informal setting. More compound platforms such as Microsoft Teams will perhaps be more suitable for larger groups, as they allow for more collaboration than the messengers. In the end, the choice of an ideal communication tool will largely depend on your business needs.

2. Not forgetting about fun activities.

Working from home can get daunting at times, so it is essential to ensure that your team is not losing their morale. Meetings do not always have to be about work – many companies resort to fun team activities like quizzes, games and trivia to keep up the team spirit. Trivia based on the team-related facts can be one of the best ways to energise your virtual meetings.

3. Team catch-ups.

When working with a small team in a quickly growing environment, it is vital to keep up with each other’s progress. Daily catch-up meetings can act as a great tool to boost everyone’s engagement and productivity. Biotechs are seen arranging daily meetings with group members giving quick informal updates and discussions on their individual and group work or any other relevant topics. As teams are exposed to less face-to-face meetings, these small virtual gatherings can be critical in maintaining work balance in a team.

4. Recurring placeholder meetings.

In current uncertain times, it is vital to maintain a sense of business rhythm and regularity in a team. Tech companies frequently hold recurring group meetings to keep their teams on top of important updates for the company as well as to collect employee feedback to resolve any work-related issues.

These strategies were found useful by lab teams trying to set themselves up for productive and engaging remote work. In the end, which strategy works best would largely depend on the team and environment. Labstep is a great tool that allows to digitally unify your team without the need of external messengers. This is a great way of keeping in touch with your team whilst staying focused on work, as well as collaborating with external teams! Labstep is free for academics, so why not start collaborating now?

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