Alan Edwards is senior director and product leader of Kelly Services’ Americas Products Group – Science. Kelly Services, Inc., a leader in providing workforce solutions, is headquartered in Troy, Michigan. For more information, visit www.kellyservices.com. Alan can also be followed on LinkedIn.
Published: July 6 2012
Over the course of my career in the sciences, I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand the power of long-distance collaboration. For one research and development project, work was done in San Diego, California; Madison, Wisconsin; France;
Published: June 6 2012
Business has changed across virtually every industry in this post-recession era. Companies must simply do more with less, and this is especially true in the sciences where, among many other factors, the expiration of valuable drug patents and the
Published: May 9 2012
From a utilitarian standpoint, it was inevitable that technology would redefine the processes of the modern lab. It began with the need to automate as suppliers realized they could help labs significantly improve their products by taking
Published: April 6 2012
Many job seekers still know how hard it is to get hired. There’s no doubt that certain worker populations continue to feel the pressures and competition of finding employment. Nearly every global industry, after all, continues to evaluate
Published: March 5 2012
Last year I wrote a column about how “soft skills” are required to succeed in virtually every business today. Even in the sciences, a career path that has traditionally allowed insular personalities to thrive, soft skills are more important
Published: January 20 2012
As the prospect of personalized medicine transitions from concept to reality and begins to truly impact the pharmaceutical industry, almost everyone who works in the sciences could be affected. After all, it could be argued that personalized medi
Published: December 9 2011
This column over the last year has dealt with many lab-related workforce issues, but one constant running through them has been the need for versatilability™—not just when it comes to the people managers hire, but in every aspect of a lab
Published: December 5 2011
It’s a common refrain heard within nearly every business circle today, but only because it’s true: The world of work has changed. Nowhere is this more evident than in the use of contingent workers, or “free agents,” across
Published: November 4 2011
In the new job landscape, I’m afraid we might be leaving hiring managers in the dust. After all, as the job market continues to evolve, those looking for work need as much direction as possible— and career experts know this. How d
Published: October 7 2011
We all know that scientists who pursue advanced degrees like a Ph.D. are smart. They are driven. And they are no doubt passionate about their work. But can they cut it in the real world? Recent national media reports that debate the value of adva
Published: September 9 2011
I wrote here several months ago that managers have the power to dramatically improve a lab’s bottom line by embracing new ways of doing things. I told the story of how one of the biggest game changers in the industry— the automation of manual p
Published: July 15 2011
We all know the form of classic networking, and people in sales or supply chain management pioneered it for business purposes. It’s where they meet casually with colleagues. Maybe the individuals involved don’t work for the same company.
Published: June 7 2011
No matter how old or young workers may be, certain management principles are usually effective: make them accountable for their work, treat them with respect, and say thank you. These principles have value whether you work at a large corporation or i
Published: May 9 2011
Know where the safety equipment is. Don’t eat or drink on the job. Wear the right clothes. And please don’t casually pour chemicals down the drain. Such precautions may sound elementary, but these important and fundamental lab safety
Published: April 6 2011
Nanotechnology is still early in its commercial development, but many scientists agree it could become a part of everyone’s daily life in the not-too-distant future. In one example of how it could affect the way the scientific industry operates
Published: February 18 2011
Many lab scientists remember what it was like to work “on the bench.” The term referred to the standard practice of manual processes or methods. No matter what services a particular lab offered, you could bet the work was all done by hand
Published: October 7 2010
Latest trends shaping the scientific workforce.
Published: October 7 2010
U.S. science professionals desire more recognition and training.
Published: September 9 2010
Staffing companies are able to recruit scientists with detailed skill sets and established career goals within the scientific community for a specific position.
Published: July 14 2010
Examining four common perceptions that scientific professionals have of staffing companies.