What Motivates Your Employees

Volume 6 Issue 7 | September 2011

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Cover Story

What Motivates Your Employees?

By F. Key Kidder

It is ever more difficult to argue that motivating knowledge workers is not the Holy Grail for 21st century lab managers. “Leadership,” according to management consultants, “is the process of motivating people to work together to accomplish great things."


Editor's Buzz

Crossing the Border

A few weeks ago some colleagues and I drove from the New York City area north to Ontario, Canada for Lab Manager's annual sales meeting. Five hours into the trip—somewhere near Buffalo—I realized I’d forgotten my passport...


Next-Generation Sequencing Hype Confirmed

Perhaps the most buzz-worthy technology in life sciences, next-generation sequencing continues to undergo rapid changes. With vendors updating their portfolios with new instruments annually, the market remains highly competitive and dynamic.

Leadership and Staffing

Beyond Pay and Promotions

Professional development goals that add value to your employees’ career ambitions AND your organization.

Science Matters: Using Project Management Principals to Motivate

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 processes— came about because suppliers chose to look at the customer/lab relationship in a new way.

Ask the Expert

Laboratory Technology

Choosing a Diaphragm or Bellows Pump

In many applications, contamination of the gas stream must be prevented. When processing gases or sampling elements within a controlled environment, conveying the gas desirably cannot add trace elements such as lubricants or wear particles.

New Apps For Texture Analysis

Emerging techniques for assessing physical properties of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, medical devices and packaging.

Game Changer

Lab automation projects have become cooperative activities between lab and IT groups. This is part of the evolution of lab systems.

Product Focus

Product Focus: UV-VIS Spectrophotometers

Despite the technique’s maturity, ultraviolet and visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy has been a fertile area for innovation, both in terms of underlying technology and instrumentation.

Product Focus: Baths and Chillers

Despite their maturity as a product category, chillers and baths continue their slow evolution, particularly in the areas of controls and user interface.

Product Focus: FTIR Spectroscopy

Although serious Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) research and core analysis facilities are still alive and well, traditional applications are giving way to more dynamic uses such as controlling processes and field work.

Vacuum Pumps: More Options For Green, Remote Operation

Oil-free diaphragm pumps have earned a reputation for environmental- friendliness for low- to medium- pressure applications. At the low-pressure end, pumps do not continuously send water down the drain as do aspirators.

Product Focus: Specialty Gases

The prospect of gas cylinder accidents inspires awe and fear in lab workers. However, a safer alternative exists for some of the more common specialty gases: on-site or point-of-use generation that uses membranes, catalysts, or pressure swing absorption to generate pure gases from air or water.

How it Works

How it Works

How it Works: Atomic Layer Deposition Valves

The atomic layer deposition (ALD) process deposits thin films of precursor materials onto substrates one atomic layer at a time to impart such properties as conductivity, chemical resistance, and strength. Research and development operations utilize ALD systems to investigate new applications for producing advanced technologies such as semiconductor wafers, nanoelectronics, and optics.

How it Works: The Measurement of Poisson’s Ratio

The measurement of Poisson’s ratio can be a delicate matter. The equipment used to determine Poisson’s ratio is often quite fragile and extremely sensitive. How do you ensure that the equipment is working properly prior to using it for measurement?

Lab Product

Evolution of Biological Shakers and Stirrers

Mixing solutions is one of the most common laboratory tasks. Over the years, a number of automated methods for mixing have been devised, all of which remove this burden from the operator by offering a sustained and controlled stirring action for indefinite periods of time.

Laboratory Technology


2011 Pipettes Survey Results

The most commonly used piece of laboratory equipment in any laboratory setting is the pipette, which has a long history of use. Read on to see the results of the Lab Manager pipettes survey!

Business Management

Activity-Based Management

Activity-based management (ABM) is an approach to management in which work process managers—in this case, lab managers at all levels—are given the responsibility and authority to continuously improve the planning and control of operations.

Lab Health and Safety

Laboratory Hazards and Risks

We know that running a research lab is a challenge, to say the least. In all the hustle of loading the autosampler, pipetting, pouring, and mixing for research experiments, worker health and safety can be overlooked, inadvertently pushed aside or forgotten–sometimes with dire consequences.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Lab Health and Safety

The Second Annual Laboratory Safety Survey

Given the current economic climate, most employers are probably looking to save on operations and improve their bottom lines. Usually they begin by trying to increase efficiency, or “trim the fat,” as the saying goes. And those of us who work in the area of health and safety know that we are usually prime targets.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Lab

Embattled like much of the United States economy, and having endured several years of anemic demand from consumers caught in the throes of a prolonged recession and high levels of unemployment, the $58.3 billion a year cosmetics and personal care industry in the US is eager for a rebound.

Laboratory Technology

White Papers and Application Notes

White Papers and Application Notes

Ultrafast Analysis of Synthetic Colorants

Various types of synthetic colorants are used as food additives, and gradient elution is generally used to analyze them. The Nexera UHPLC (Shimadzu) enables stable, ultrafast gradient elution through accurate solution delivery and the use of a high--efficiency gradient mixer.


Laboratory Technology

New Tools for Protein Purification & Assay Automation

From protein sample preparation to next-generation sequencing to cell biology or the now more traditional HTS assays, many scientists are trying to eliminate the numerous manual steps that add cost and introduce variability to laboratory procedures.

Automated Washer Platforms Benefit Bead-Based Multiplex Assays

Microplate-based multiplex assays, where microspheres are used as solid support matrices, provide simultaneous analyte analysis per well with lower background noise and reagent, consumable and sample costs compared to traditional ELISAs. Specifi

From Whole Blood Collection to Long-Term Fraction Storage

In recent years, new research insights and breakthroughs have created demand for studies based on larger numbers of human samples. Facilities including hospitals, private research facilities, and huge government-owned biobanks, biorepositories of pat

Safe, Secure Sample Management During Workflow Automation

As a result of automation in the pharmaceutical industry, large compound libraries for future analysis and screening for potential drug candidates are routinely created. Alongside an increase in chemical compound samples, the number of biological sam
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