BEST PRACTICES FOR STAFF RETENTION

 

Unprecedented times cause irrational behavior and unexpected actions.- Dr. Diksha Batra

 

As clinicians, we are only as strong as our teams, and running a good practice involves depending on well-trained staff members. The growing uncertainty in the economic aftermath of the pandemic has led to many teams shrinking. Despite the turbulence, we see we can navigate back to clear skies if we just remind ourselves of basic human connection and values. 

 

If our employees are leaving then maybe it’s a good time to reflect on the reasons that make them stay. Some of the keys to success when it comes to consistency in the patient experience and growth in the practice despite tough times will be reducing employee attrition and keeping up a great work culture!

Here are some of the ways you can keep your team happy and allow your practice to thereby flourish.

 

Self-control 

The foremost reason in employee attrition has been a loss of self-respect for most people while they can keep up with low wages and long hours it’s the constant erosion of self-worth that people are not willing to tolerate. The dental clinic environment can sometimes be very hectic especially with a disorganized practice lacking systems. The hectic pace of work can cause unregulated emotional outbursts from us as the heads of the practice whose name is at stake. Being self-aware and managing our emotions such that they do not cause our employees to leave is a primary responsibility.

Appreciation 

One of the most underutilized techniques of communication is appreciation. We tend to 

  • forget
  • take it for granted 
  • think that it’s obvious 
  • or we are just too busy 
  • the worse of them all is if we can’t see anything good in our employees 

make appreciation a part of your daily conversation. Applaud your team members in front of each other and reprimand them alone. A compliment is something that is music to everyone’s ears and fulfills a primary need of saying they are special and worth it. This over sustained periods creates  a feeling of reassurance.

Genuine care

There is no other glue to make your team stick together than that of genuine care. This cannot be faked and must be consistent. Our job as the leader or owner should be to be that listening ear or the shoulder of support that our staff needs. Ask yourself if you fit that role for everyone in your practice. If the answer is yes most likely your team is not going anywhere. 

Care can be in the form of concern on their health, their goals, their problems at work or even home it must come from within.

 

 Work satisfaction 

I read somewhere  that “Success is the pursuit and the realization of a worthy ideal”. Just the way we want our day to be fulfilling so does our staff. Give them goals and celebrate when they achieve those goals. Satisfaction is like a drug we constantly need it to keep boosting our happiness quotient.

Learning 

Going to work can be a mere means to an end if we do the same thing over and over again. If what you do for majority of your day doesn’t employ your mental faculties anymore it can allow you to consider other options.  Every role and position especially in the medical profession requires that we learn and upgrade. We must inculcate a learning culture into the organization. Formal learning and training is one aspect but the other more important aspect is the learning mindset which requires us to learn new things from everyday experiences. Our assistants and associates must be made aware of the daily opportunities of learning and document the things that they learnt by experience, innovation or applying their knowledge and solving a problem or successfully tackling a unique situation.

 

Growth & progress- Teaching 

A long term employee especially one who shows exceptional enthusiasm and growth reaches a sense of stagnation once he knows enough and has been there for awhile. Now the next part of keeping this employee engaged will be for them to transition to teaching and learning from that experience. When they pass on their experience and put it to test by teaching someone it can create a great sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Have that conversation with your long term employees and see if they would like to take on this new role under observation.

Prompt remuneration 

Money means different things to people for some its survival and for others it’s a tag on their worth both of which are vital to human existence. Just like we hate to receive our dues from patients later than agreed upon so do our staff. Getting paid is a one time reward for the entire month and must not be delayed or procrastinated. The basic tenets of professionalism direct us to pay on or even before time!

While money shouldn’t be the only reason your staff works for you it definitely should be tackled professionally from not only salaries but also appraisals and bonuses. 


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    A Dental Graduate from the University of Pune and fellowship holder from the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), Dr. Sanghamitra has been running a successful private dental practice since 1997. Excellent patient care, quality standards in dental practice, and a heartfelt mission to change the face of the Healthcare industry where every patient receives the highest Quality of Care is what motivated her to establish DBM.
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        Dr.Mandar Joglekar has his private practice in Chinchwad since the last 19 years . He has an implant and grafting certificate from Bern University ,Switzerland. He conducts endodontics and microscope dentistry courses and is also India national leader for dentinal tubules study club. He believes as dentistry in India is growing with technology and digital revolution, dentists are facing a few challenges as well! Helping dentists in learning ethical selling, communication skills, showcasing, digital marketing and understanding & growing their businesses is what is his forte.

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              Dr. Vishal Gupta obtained his dental degree in India and has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry for the past 23 years. After gaining experience in India and UK whilst working in small as well as large corporate dental clinics, he decided to run his own practice in the UK, where he is the owner of Dental Concepts, a thriving dental practice in Whitchurch. His practice is on a growth path with the more clinics opening soon in UK, the next one opened in Andover last February 2016. The new practice in Andover is an Advanced state of the art centre with all the latest technology available. Besides growing his dental practice, Vishal is passionate about sharing knowledge and resources with other dentists in the brand new spacious education centre at Andover and has also run many training programmes in Oxford and Hampshire in the areas of clinical governance, dental business best practices and designing the best possible patient journey within the economic framework of a dental practice.
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              Dr. Sarthak Kadel obtained his dental degree in India and has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry for the past 23 years. After gaining experience in India and UK whilst working in small as well as large corporate dental clinics, he decided to run his own practice in the UK, where he is the owner of Dental Concepts, a thriving dental practice in Whitchurch. His practice is on a growth path with the more clinics opening soon in UK, the next one opened in Andover last February 2016. The new practice in Andover is an Advanced state of the art centre with all the latest technology available. Besides growing his dental practice, Sarthak is passionate about sharing knowledge and resources with other dentists in the brand new spacious education centre at Andover and has also run many training programmes in Oxford and Hampshire in the areas of clinical governance, dental business best practices and designing the best possible patient journey within the economic framework of a dental practice.
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                  Dr. Chris Barrow obtained his dental degree in India and has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry for the past 23 years. After gaining experience in India and UK whilst working in small as well as large corporate dental clinics, he decided to run his own practice in the UK, where he is the owner of Dental Concepts, a thriving dental practice in Whitchurch. His practice is on a growth path with the more clinics opening soon in UK, the next one opened in Andover last February 2016. The new practice in Andover is an Advanced state of the art centre with all the latest technology available. Besides growing his dental practice, Chris is passionate about sharing knowledge and resources with other dentists in the brand new spacious education centre at Andover and has also run many training programmes in Oxford and Hampshire in the areas of clinical governance, dental business best practices and designing the best possible patient journey within the economic framework of a dental practice.
                  He is a keen Table Tennis player playing for the local club and has recently completed a once-in-a-lifetime Survival Expedition in the deserts of Oman.

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                  A Dental Graduate from the University of Pune and fellowship holder from the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), Dr.Sameer has been running a successful private dental practice since 1997. Excellent patient care, quality standards in dental practice, and a heartfelt mission to change the face of the Healthcare industry where every patient receives the highest Quality of Care is what motivated him to establish DBM.
                  His Clinic is the first Dental Practice in Maharashtra (India) to comply with the International standards of healthcare quality & safety and Secure the Accreditation Certificate from NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers). His pursuit is to share his knowledge of the systems and protocols in a dental setup for optimal patient care and educate more Dentists to achieve the facet to deliver healthcare in the way it is delivered in the best practices throughout the world. He has currently helped numerous Dentists to achieve accreditation with his consultation and guided mentorship. Silence, Curiosity for learning new things, and absolute perfection in everything he does are the qualities that describe him the best. He spends most of his time learning about software and websites and upgrading the healthcare system when he is not working.

                  Dr. Manish Chitnis

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                  Dr Manish Chitnis obtained his dental degree in India and has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry for the past 23 years. After gaining experience in India and UK whilst working in small as well as large corporate dental clinics, he decided to run his own practice in the UK, where he is the owner of Dental Concepts, a thriving dental practice in Whitchurch. His practice is on a growth path with the more clinics opening soon in UK, the next one opened in Andover last February 2016. The new practice in Andover is an Advanced state of the art centre with all the latest technology available. Besides growing his dental practice, Manish is passionate about sharing knowledge and resources with other dentists in the brand new spacious education centre at Andover and has also run many training programmes in Oxford and Hampshire in the areas of clinical governance, dental business best practices and designing the best possible patient journey within the economic framework of a dental practice.
                  He is a keen Table Tennis player playing for the local club and has recently completed a once in a lifetime Survival Expedition in the deserts of Oman. He is a proud father of a teenager son and has a lovely wife, Shilpa who is the Co-owner of Dental Concepts.

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                      I have been a General Dentist for over 17 years. Practised in Mumbai for 4 years and then moved to the UK in 2005. Finished International qualifying exam - 2006 Passed MJDF in 2007 Worked as a GDP in a corporate practice (former ADP now My dentist) from September 2006 till 2010. Along with my husband we bought a family run mixed dental practice from September 2010 (Dental Concepts Whitchurch) We started a squat private practice in Andover in 2016. Have been updating my clinical skills by doing cosmetic hands on courses and the Invisalign course.
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                      I am very keen to make a difference for my colleagues who feel pressured or stressed or want direction in their career. I have worked with my team using and understanding personality profiles and emotional intelligence. This has helped strengthen the team. With these results, I have also worked with over 50 dentists in India. I have recently started working with few dentists here in the UK. I have conducted goal setting workshops for few of my dentist colleagues.

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                        A student of Government Dental College & Hospital. Mumbai, Dr. Rajiv Verma is in the field of dentistry for 34 long years, his command on the subject of Clinical Prosthodontics has been witnessed till date by more than 30000+ dentists & 2300+ hands-on course participants in his 450+ lectures, presentations, live on patient demos, live on video shows of Porcelain Veneers, Crown'n'Bridge & DSD - Digital Smile Design .
                        A clinician for 30 years, a dental ceramist of repute for 21 years, a IDA Speaker for 19 years, a course conductor for 13 years, an international Speaker for last 6 years, an author of 2 books, it is not over yet his latest title is of a DSD - Digital Smile Design Master & DSD Lecturer of Asia/India. A key Thought Leader for Colgate, a National Consultant to a social project by Global Protect Dental Private Limited & what not. His new & forthcoming ventures - a column titled RVG - Rajiv Verma Gyan in Famdent Magazine & a Concept Bur Box in making. Life has been a crazy journey till now.

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                            Dr. Ajit Shetty

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                            Dr. Ajit Shetty graduated and Post graduated from Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai Fellow and Diplomate, International College of Oral Implantologists, (USA) Fellow and Diplomate, Indian Society Of Oral Implantologists. His areas of excellence include- Aesthetic Dentistry, Implants and Full Mouth Rehabilitation and Lasers. He conducts Extensive training in Oral Implantology all over the world in Singapore, Germany, Denmark, USA etc.
                            He Lectures extensively and conducts several Hands on Courses and Live Clinical Demonstrations all over India and abroad for dental colleagues on Aesthetic Dentistry ,Implants, Occlusion and Lasers and Practice Management. Past President of Indian Dental Association, Mumbai. He has Held various posts in the association at city, state and national level.he was also the Founder member and Past President of the Indian Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry.

                            Dr. Diksha Batra

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                              Dr. Diksha Batra

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                              A Dental Graduate from the University of Pune and fellowship holder from the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), Dr. Diksha has been running a successful private dental practice since 1997. Excellent patient care, quality standards in dental practice, and a heartfelt mission to change the face of the Healthcare industry where every patient receives the highest Quality of Care is what motivated her to establish DBM.
                              Her Clinic is the first Dental Practice in Maharashtra (India) to comply with the International standards of healthcare quality & safety and Secure the Accreditation Certificate from NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers). Her pursuit is to share her knowledge of the systems and protocols in a dental setup for optimal patient care and educate more Dentists to achieve the facet to deliver healthcare in the way it is delivered in the best practices throughout the world. She has currently helped X Dentists to achieve accreditation with her consultation and guided mentorship. Silence, Curiosity for learning new things, and absolute perfection in everything she does are the qualities that describe her the best. She spends most of her time learning about software and websites and upgrading the healthcare system when she is not working.

                              Dr. Aditi Mahale

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                              Dr.Aditi Mahale is Practising Dentistry since 2009 at Dombivli. She owns DentA-Zone Dental & Implant Clinic, a 2 chair set up. Joined Dental Business Masters in 2016 and there's no looking back since then. She won the DBM Best Marketing Genius Award 2016-17. DBM played a vital role not only in improving Finances but also Various other aspects of Dental Practice Management. Being appointed as DBM Coach was a proud moment. Her motto is to keep working consistently to get the results. Dr. Aditi is also associated with various organisations and is committee member of IDA DOMBIVLI. Member of BNI & Rotary International. She is mother of Son, Abhedya. Dr.Yogesh , MDS Prosthodontist, her husband is co-owner of Dentazone.

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