Well, well, what do ya know? Reporting season is upon us and my superiors have to report to top management as to whether our research KPIs have been met. From the topic title, you could probably guess that my team failed to hit their KPIs. Data collection has been abysmally slow and, without data and research findings, research funding may get cut.

When one of my bosses, let’s call her Dr Janice (not her real name), implied the above, my fellow colleagues were in shock. Me? I was strangely calm. It was not until Dr Janice left the office that we all became chicken littles, freaking out over the possibility of job loss.

Next, as per typical human behaviour, my colleagues engaged in the blame game. “Dr Janice could have formulated the research participant inclusion criteria less stringently. That way, more participants could have entered into the study and this …