Enhancing the overall working approach of your lab will ensure quality, a large output, and more economical results.
Keeping in place the right process, resources and people management increases the scientific value of your lab and helps you ensure the well-being of your staff. Besides, improving your lab efficiency also helps to minimize wasted time and energy. We have worked out a four-step guideline to help you maximize the efficiency of your lab without resorting to shortcuts that are likely to reduce quality.
- Efficient human resources
The importance of keeping the right people in the right roles in all workplaces is plain for all to see. Hence, you must always hire experienced staff with high morale for your lab. They must be aware of the scope of their roles and should remain motivated to continue to learn and gain more experience to achieve the goals you have set for them. Another very important thing required here is to ensure the cohesiveness of the team as well as good communication among all the members. This collaboration will improve the overall efficiency of your lab and in turn its productivity as well.
- Well-optimized equipment
You can never enhance the efficiency of your lab with low quality or cheap equipment. This is because it not only limits the experimental quality and the subsequent productivity but also costs you more time, money, and energy in the long run. So, it will be very wise to invest in the best possible equipment available on the market like standard cell culture dishes, etc. You must also use all equipment as per the instructions of the manufacturer and keep all devices in a clean, fully working condition to get the maximum out of them. Also, do your best to place the optimized equipment in a position to occupy the minimum space and is easy to access, set up, and use. It will improve the experimental quality and productivity as well as limit waste.
- Excellent workspace organization
An excellent workspace organization must have the following salient features if it is to perform efficiently. Check them out here:
- Everything like all unmovable equipment, frequently used tools, solutions, samples, storage, and waste must be stored properly.
- Fixed equipment must be at a place where they are easily used as well as cleaned and maintained.
- Chemical solutions and electronics often do not go in harmony with each other. So, these should be kept as far from each other as possible.
- Pipettes, forceps, tweezers, and other frequently used utensils must always be kept on hand.
- Glassware, falcon tubes, and other non-perishable items must be kept out of the way, but within easy reach, whenever needed.
- Perishable items must be kept in a fridge at a location within your easy access.
- All waste materials must be dealt with quite appropriately. There must be biohazard bags, sharps-bins, and toxic waste disposal systems in your laboratory.
- Consult someone more experienced
Keeping in mind that the majority of the new experimental protocols are actually the derivations of the previous work, you must consult with someone who can guide you on how to tune the protocols to your specific experiment. Seeking advice or guidelines from leaders in your field will always prove fruitful for the well being of your lab. Sharing and exchanging information and experiences always bring about improvement to the contributors.