Creating a Healthy
Lab Culture

Tools for scientific managers

People perform at their best when they feel supported, understood and valued by their managers and colleagues. Cracking the whip might generate a temporary spike in productivity, but in the long run it can lead to disengagement, reduced performance and – perhaps most harmfully – high levels of attrition. A healthy team culture is therefore vital to nurturing and retaining the next generation of talent.

To cultivate a positive team culture, STEM leaders need to step back from the research process to think about the human dimension of their work. This includes considering the different needs and working styles of their colleagues, adapting their approach to collaborate as efficiently as possible, and fostering a supportive, growth-oriented culture that encourages personal development and empowers individuals within the team.

This training programme, developed specifically for STEM leaders and managers, focuses on three areas that are vital to building a supportive team culture: psychological safety, neurodiversity and wellbeing. Research-backed and led by an expert facilitator, this practical and interactive session will equip participants with a range of tools and techniques they can implement immediately to help build a healthier, more positive culture in their team.

What participants will learn

This intensive session has been designed to have maximum practical impact in a short time. The topics covered include:

1. Psychological safety

  • Exploring what we mean  by psychological safety
  • Understanding the benefits of psychological safety to effectiveness
  • 10 ways to build psychological safety in teams
  • Using case studies to apply the principles of psychological safety
  • Developing ‘radical candor’ in teams – balancing relationships and challenge appropriately

2. Managing neuro diverse teams

  • Exploring what is meant by neuro diversity
  • Recognising signs of neuro diversity in our teams
  • Understanding the impact of neuro diversity
  • Identifying effective ways of supporting colleagues who are neuro diverse

3. Wellbeing

  • Recognising the organisational benefits of supporting wellbeing
  • Having supportive 1:1s: “checking in” rather than “checking up”
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of poor wellbeing in your team / lab
  • Feeling more comfortable discussing wellbeing with team / lab members

4. Action planning

  • Creating your own personal action plan

Delivery formats

This training can be delivered virtually worldwide, or as a traditional classroom course for UK-based clients.

In either format, the training sessions are intensive, packed with tools and tips, and highly engaging, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact on the health and productivity of their team.

If you have a group of colleagues who could benefit from the Creating a Healthy Lab Culture training course, we can deliver a session for your organisation at a time that suits you. Whether you choose a virtual or a classroom delivery, the content can be adapted to the needs and circumstance of your group to ensure we meet their needs head-on.

About us

For twenty years, we have been helping STEM organisations in the UK, Europe and North America to develop the leadership capabilities and professional skills of their new, aspiring and experienced managers.

Cambridge Exec has worked with a huge range of scientific organisations, both within the Cambridge STEM Cluster and far beyond. Our clients include some of the world’s most well-known companies, universities, government bodies and NGOs. 

Get in touch...

If you have a question, would like a quote, or would like to arrange a call to explore how our training could work for you, please get in touch.

For an accurate quote, please provide the following information:

  • How many delegates you would like to attend the training
  • Whether you would like the course delivered face-to-face or virtually
  • Where you are based (if face-to-face delivery is preferred)

You can reach us by email or call us on 0845 2260624.