Don’t Let Your Team Be the One That Got Away

by Team

Not only have practices been struggling to attract new staff, but many practice owners are having trouble retaining current staff as well. In fact, 35 percent reported they had staff members voluntarily leave their practice last year. Most dentists took to the obvious solution of increasing wages to keep staff happy, and that is a great option to help your staff members feel valued. However, do not ignore the many other ways you can ensure your team feels appreciated and satisfied in their roles.

Production bonuses: Perhaps your office does not have the financial capabilities to give everyone raises. Consider offering production bonuses throughout the year, which will also encourage team members to perform at their best to receive the best results. This is a win-win situation for all.

Practice culture: By being the best leader that you can be and supportive for your team, you will create a positive office culture that your employees will be less tempted to leave. A great way to create a fun, happy yet productive atmosphere is to organize group activities within the office or after hours. Celebrate birthdays, holidays or even bring your team to educational dental events.

One-on-ones: Nearly half of dentists have increased their communication and engagement to reduce staff stress. If you are meeting with staff on an individual level and hearing them out regarding any problems or complaints they may have, it will help staff feel empowered. Allowing staff to give feedback and make suggestions could also lead to improvements to your office that you would not have come up with on your own.

As seen in the print issue of Oral Health May 2022

*In October and November 2021, Bramm Research, a third-party independent research house, conducted an online survey of active, practicing non-hospital affiliated dentists and dental specialists on behalf of Oral Health. Using Oral Health’s subscription list, a total of 264 completed surveys were tabulated. With a total sample of 264, the margin of error is plus or minus 6.0 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. If, for example, 50% of the sample indicated that agreed with a statement, then we can be reasonably sure (19 times out of 20) of an accuracy within +/- 6.0%. This means that a total census would reveal an answer of not less than 44.0% and not more than 56.0%.

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