On May 6, 2012- I am an inspirational speaker for ILAM, the Institute of Laboratory Animal Managers, at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis/Fogelman Conference Center.
The event, put on by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, will draw approximately 150 future managers of animal laboratories. I was an inspirational speaker for the Laboratory Animal Managers Institute two years ago and I am keen to go back and address these new future leaders.
I will be presenting two inspirational speeches for the managers institute. One, The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humour & Goodbye to Burnout! and the Second inspirational speech, Managing Millennial.
Some of the issues Lab animal managers face daily are dealing with the different attitudes, values and preferences of our youngest generations in the workforce. Lack of work ethic, strong sense of entitlement, and lack of planning skills.
A pressing challenge for the future leaders is scheduling and attendance. Most days someone calls in sick for work, leaving managers scrambling to find a replacement.
Daily, laboratory facilities must clean cages and feed and care for the animals, this is not optional and can't be put off because staff do not show up. Instead managers must be flexible and work with the resources and people they have, often rolling up their own sleeves to get the job done.