Working with temp staff has always had many benefits for dental practice owners. But in the strange new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s never been a better time to work with temp staff than now.
Whether your practice has been fully open for months or you’re still waiting on the all-clear to properly open your office, all dental practice owners can benefit from working with temp staff. Here’s how the simple staffing switch could help you.
Increase revenue during busy times
For months, many dental practices were only able to provide urgent treatment to patients who were in incredible pain or danger. This means people have been going months without teeth cleanings, checkups, brace adjustments, etc. As a result, it’s likely you’ll experience a surge in patients for several weeks or even months when your practice initially opens up.
Taking on a new full-time employee is costly, especially if you know you’re only going to need them for a little while before things inevitably slow down. But working with temp staff can help you deal with the temporary influx of appointments without leaving you out of pocket.
When you have a clear idea of how many patients you need to see over the next week, you can hire temp dental staff to help you cover those appointments. You’re only spending money on payroll for the hours the employees are treating patients.
After being closed for a long time, you need the extra money now more than ever. Working with temp dental staff means you can treat the extra patients without having to pay full employee wages.
Save costs during quiet times
While some practice’s appointment schedules will be overflowing as soon as dentists can begin providing elective treatment once again, other schedules will be empty for various reasons.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people dipping into their savings and not being able to afford dental work. Others are still wary of the increased risk of infection by visiting a dental practice and prefer to delay it for as long as possible. Whatever the reason your appointment book is empty, if you’re not seeing enough patients, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay all your staff.
When you work with regular employees, you always have to pay them their salaries, even if there’s no work for them to do. With temp staff, you only have to hire and pay them when you have appointments that require their assistance. This means you only ever pay for the time worked.
If you have a last-minute appointment, Cloud Dentistry’s live schedule feature lets you see if your favourite dental hygienist or assistant is available and book them. If they’re busy, you can simply hire another dental professional. Thanks to the reviews visible on every professional’s profile, you can easily tell if someone is a top quality RDA or RDH.
A pleasant distraction
Anyone who has worked in dentistry for a while knows that the job can sometimes be boring, no matter how passionate you are about it. Although RDH and RDA jobs tend to be the most monotonous, things can even get dull for a dentist when you find yourself doing similar tasks day in day out.
Combine the boredom of the job with the unavoidable fear of working during the coronavirus pandemic and stepping into your dental office could quickly become something you dread doing. Working with temp staff could be a pleasant, if temporary, distraction from the boredom and uncertainty.
Working with different faces is always interesting. There are new personalities to discover, new stories to hear and new minds to teach. Seeing an ambitious RDA walk into your practice who wants to progress within dentistry or an RDH fresh out of college ready to put their newfound skills to work would be just what you need to inspire you.
Bring new skills to your team
As technology improves and science advances, dentistry continues to develop and move forward every day. Being stuck in a dental office, it’s easy to fall out of the loop and be left behind, even if you and your team regularly set aside time to improve yourselves. Temp staff can introduce new skills and viewpoints to your team, improving your office’s efficiency or streamlining your processes.
The skills of new temp workers don’t even have to be related to dentistry to help your business. Some people are naturally skilled at spotting issues others aren’t and coming up with creative ways to fix them. Others are born leaders and bring everyone together to work on a common cause. Bringing others into the mix, even temporarily, is a great way to boost team morale and improve your team for the benefits of your staff, your patients and your business.
Give yourself a break
When practices could only perform urgent treatments, many dentists attempted to keep their costs down by doing all the work themselves. At the end of April, when states started allowing dental practices to open for elective treatment, 45.4% of dentists were still working alone without the help of a team. If this sounds familiar, it’s almost certain you’re in dire need of a break. Working with temp staff can help you do exactly that.
Cloud dentistry is the place to find temp dentists, as well as temporary RDHs, RDAs and front office staff. If you bring a temp team in for a day and shadow them so you’re confident in their skills and abilities, you can take a few days or even a week off, knowing your practice is in safe hands. You’ll have money coming in, your patients will still be looked after and you’ll get a much-needed break.
Help others out
Since the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment rates are through the roof. By hiring temp dental staff, you’re supporting some of the most important workers out there and helping them feed their families.
While some people can afford to take time off and live off their savings, many simply can’t afford to and must work to make ends meet. By hiring these people, you’re giving them money they desperately need and helping them fulfill their professional purpose.
Make the best out of a bad situation
No matter where you are in your business, there’s never a bad time to work with temp staff. But COVID-19 has shown business across all industries, dentistry included, the unsurpassable benefits of working with temp workers. Hiring staff this way is not only beneficial for your business, but it also improves the quality of care your patients receive and helps out other people in a time when they really need it.