…and the Survey Says! Groundbreaking Biotechnology Employee Research

by: Dean Fulford

The first-of-its kind employee survey of Canada’s biotechnology industry has just been completed. This project was collaboration between Stratford Managers and Biotechnology Focus, the authoritative voice of the Canadian life sciences industry.

Employers in this sector are looking to attract and retain great talent and often they don’t know where to start. What are the things that their employee’s value about their workplace? What attributes of their organization keep them engaged and productive day-to-day?

Our goal was to reach as many employees who are working in the biotechnology or life sciences sector as possible, and to gather their opinions about their organization’s employee practices – what’s working well and what could be improved. Armed with this information, organizations can direct their energy towards activities that will have a positive influence on the organization and its employees!

(With apologies to Richard Dawson of Family Feud fame) And the survey of employees in the biotechnology and life sciences industry says…

  • Employers are performing well in the area of job clarity: defining job roles and responsibilities, and linking employee contribution to organizational success.
  • Employers are performing strongly in the area of organizational climate (aspect of the organization that encourages performance) and visionary leadership (developing commitment toward achieving the organization’s mandate), however not as well as in job clarity.
  • Employers have most room to improve in the area of recognition and rewards: how they acknowledge and recognize employees’ contributions.

Some of the most notable individual statement results included:

  • More than 9 out of 10 respondents agree that they are able to decide the best way to get their work accomplished.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 employees agree that their organization provides value to the public or their community.
  • 25% of respondents do not believe that their organization invests in their continuous development
  • Just 6 out of 10 employees note that feedback from their manager helps them improve their ability to contribute at work.

In the end, employers are doing well in a number of things that drive employee engagement while having some opportunity to improve other productivity drivers.

For more information, download the complete employer’s report  and read the Biotechnology Focus article.

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