While the COVID-19 outbreak has slowed recruitment in some sectors, in others, it has continued. Life science organisations have endured through the coronavirus outbreak in the hope of both treating and curing COVID-19.
In Life Science Leader
earlier this month, CEO of bioscience enterprise iQ Capital Keith Bliss writes: "The industry will remain on the forefront of finding, funding and developing the proper therapies and tools to not only fight COVID-19 but continue creating life-changing innovations day-after-day".
It has never been more important for life science employees to drive the sector forwards. If you have recently started in a new life sciences role, here are eight strategies to implement to achieve success.
1. Define Expectations
It is a good idea in your new life sciences role to clarify as soon as possible what your daily, weekly and monthly expectations are. This way, you can manage your workload effectively.
Your new manager should provide you with a good idea of what is expected of you, but if they don't – always ask and never assume.
2. Manage Your Workload
Once you have a good understanding of your workload, you can set about creating a plan. Each life science organisation is different, and so you should factor in time to learn about new processes and procedures, which should coincide with your training. This can take anything from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the level of your role and how it differs from your previous experience.
3. Be Proactive
A great way to feel confident in your new role and attract success is to be proactive. Many new employees will wait until the 'right' moment to ask about something they are unsure of, or second guess themselves.
Being proactive such as asking lots of questions, asking to help with tasks, introducing yourself to colleagues will all help boost your confidence and help your performance improve.
With this in mind, many new employees are tempted to rush things – which can be a drawback.
4. Don't Rush
When you are eager to make a success of your new life sciences role, it can be tempting to rush through your work. But try to resist doing so. Your new manager will appreciate that things take a little longer at first, so don't feel as though you have to be at the same speed as your new colleagues right away.
Next, let's look at bringing your life sciences knowledge to your new role.
5. Demonstrate Your Knowledge
Many people can find a new role daunting, and this can lead to a reluctance to showcase their knowledge and abilities. You have landed this new role for a reason – because you're qualified and able.
Don't shy away from demonstrating your abilities to new colleagues; your knowledge could be what is needed to help the team overcome a challenge or to solve a problem.
In a new role, it helps to take pointers from longer-standing colleagues, which brings me on to my next point.
6. Mirror Your Colleagues
Mirroring your colleagues is not about blindly following what they do – as I mentioned above, your fresh input might be able to change things for the better in the organisation.
However, for things like work conduct, sending emails, and the general ambience, take the lead from your new employees. Working environments can differ significantly, even within the same sector.
7. Be Openminded
One of the most challenging parts of starting a new job can be adapting to the culture.
From the recruitment process, your recruiter
or the hiring manager should have ascertained if you are a good fit for the organisation. But this is not to say that starting over in a new organisation is easy.
You will undoubtedly have ideas gained from your previous posts, some of which will come in useful, others you will have to let go of.
Being openminded about your new role, your new colleagues, and the organisation is a great way to attract success and assimilate quickly.
8. Show You're a Team Player
There are groups and divisions within life science organisations of every size. It can be tempting to stay within your allocated department or team and never branch out.
Offer help to a member of a different department, speak to someone new in passing or during lunch, and smile and show that you are grateful to be a member of the team.
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