Sunday, December 23, 2007

Go, go, go.

Someone wrote a comment about whether it's okay to rest on one's laurels or take a break or if it's got to be 'go go go' all the time.

Dear lazy old PIs who want to rest because you've been working hard all your lives,

Take a week off a couple times a year if you need to. You deserve it.

Just don't hang on to a job you're not actually doing.

Especially when there aren't enough jobs for younger, more energetic people who have tons of new ideas and no resources to test them.

Don't "rest on your laurels" by taking credit for what your younger colleagues are doing.

Especially don't do this by keeping them as slaves in your lab writing your grants, making slides for your talks, teaching your students, and generally everything else you're supposedly getting paid salary and grant funding to do.

Oh yeah, and if you're one of the ones taking a week off now and then, tell your lab slaves they deserve the same.

That's all.




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At 3:41 PM, Blogger Propter Doc said...

Yes, indeed, quite right! There's a new trend at my uni where PIs close to minimum retirement age take some form of paid leave, then some form of sabbatical that takes them right into retirement. Basically they wind down their groups to just postdocs ensuring they retain the lab space, ditch all teaching and admin and play golf all the time. I object to this because they still get paid twice or more the salary of a new hire, they make the younger staff take on a far greater admin/teaching burden, and the postdocs are left to run amok on their own (because they hire new postdocs fresh from their PhD). I just think it is cheeky to be taking a salary and just trying to figure out how not to work.

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are so naive!
Do you think it's just the academia where old, accomplished and experienced people get all the perks while young people have to work hard to prove themselves? You think it's "white old male" conspiracy?

I got news for you - this is how the entire world works.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Unbalanced Reaction said...

Dear YFS,

Hear, hear!

With affection,

lab slave

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...


There are plenty of careers (say for instance, with computers?) where all the interesting work goes to the new young hires.

Meanwhile the old experts get benched because can't keep up, or simply because of the perception that energy beats out experience.

I think it's cultural. I don't actually want to see all the old experts go away, just the lazy selfish ones!


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