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Human Resource Tips for Dentists

Human Resource Tips for Dentists

Human Resource Tips for Dentists

Every dental practice goes through phases of growth and change, and supporting the practice throughout these transitional periods can be difficult, even when the benefits are undeniable.

We’ve compiled a few human resource (HR) tips for dentists that will help with this process. Listed below are a few common challenges faced in modern dental practices, and what you can do to address them.

Dental Employee Stress

One of the major issues affecting dental professionals and staff is stress. Communication is the most obvious, and often, the most overlooked solution. It is important to personally check in with your team members on a regular basis. Stress and anxiety can have a detrimental impact on practice productivity and morale. Embrace a philosophy of support and encouragement, and include the staff whenever possible so they feel like they are a part of the change, and that their perspectives are being taken into consideration.

Difficulties with Dental Staff Members

Female-and-Male-Dentist

At some point, every practice owner will face an unpleasant situation, and it is human nature to avoid conflict. Unfortunately, there are certain issues within a practice that must be addressed such as negative attitudes, unprofessional appearance, and offensive language. In these situations, it is recommended to have a private conversation with the employee. Reiterate what the expectation is, and solicit the verbal commitment from the employee to uphold the values of the practice. It is always advisable to document these discussions so that you can take the necessary action if the behaviour does not improve. It will also be necessary to schedule a follow-up date with the employee to ensure they’re aware that their performance is under review.

Performance Management

To avoid situations in which several employees take leave at the same time, clear guidelines should be set in terms of vacation time. While every dental employee is entitled to time off, the practice owner reserves the right to set parameters regarding when those days may be used.

Vacation Time in a Dental Office

To avoid situations in which several employees take leave at the same time, clear guidelines should be set in terms of vacation time. While every dental employee is entitled to time off, the practice owner reserves the right to set parameters regarding when those days may be used.

Recognition

smiling female dentistIn the midst of running a busy dental practice, it can be easy to overlook the importance of employee recognition. However, acknowledgement and appreciation for achievements, teamwork, or a job well done, is an excellent way to build morale and reduce staff attrition.

HR Help for Your Practice

Strive to be recognized as an employer of choice. Realize this goal by taking advantage of an HR management system catered to achieving your practice’s goals and ambitions. Focus on chairside dentistry, and let us do the rest.

Written by Tanya Viegas, Director of Human Resources at CDS

Tanya Viegas, HR Director, Canadian Dental ServicesTanya graduated with her Bachelor of Human Resources Management from York University and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). She has extensive national and international work experience as a Human Resources Business Leader and Partner, and completed her International MBA at EAE Business School (Barcelona, Spain). It was there that she realized her entrepreneurial inclination and is excited by the opportunity to combine her experience and education to build the people strategy and HR structure at CDS.

She possesses a keen understanding of change management and organizational development, and is passionate about business. She believes that success is the consequence of a well-run business, where people are given the right tools, support and are treated well. She is a firm believer in bringing out the leadership potential of the people that she interacts with.

Want to learn more about how CDS can help you with your practice HR needs? Contact us below.

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