Your dental practice may be new, or maybe it is well established. Whichever the case, you have likely dealt with interviewing and hiring staff members, to some degree. Maybe a seasoned employee is leaving your practice to pursue another passion. Replacing employees may seem easy, but many dentists fail in this area.
As a dentist and practice owner, effectively building your dental team is an important aspect of your practice. Unfortunately, many dentists simply do not take the time it takes to build a quality team of employees that stick around for the long haul. Here are some helpful tips for building a successful dental team.
First thing is first, be prepared for the interview. Gather your questions ahead of time, and make certain you structure the interview questions. The sole purpose of the interview is to determine whether or not a candidate is a good fit for your practice by gathering as much information about the candidate as possible.
Before making your selection, ensure you have done your due diligence by conducting proper (and legal) background and reference checks. Finding out any disconcerting information ahead of time, regarding your candidate could save you time and money in the long run. After all, employee turnover can crush morale and waste resources, including your money.
Once you make your selection, and your new hire is ready to join your team, be sure you thoroughly prepare your new employee for their first day on the job. Help create a welcoming environment by introducing your new team member to your other employees and patients.
Show the new hire around the office, making certain they know where supplies for procedures are kept. You could go a step further and have your new employee shadow a veteran employee, which helps your new team member to understand the workings of the practice and your expectations as the dentist.
These tips can help you ensure that you are hiring the right person for the right job and that you are building a successful practice. A dental team is like family, and it is important that everyone fit into the puzzle. No one wants to hire an employee that is not a good fit. Don’t waste your time, or your money. Hire smart, right from the start.
If you would like a consultation regarding team coaching, practice management, or hiring, please contact Bryant Consultants today.