Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, a dental hygienist can be an independent contractor, but if only he/she appropriately follows the rules.
“Your services are no longer required”, “We’re taking things in a different direction”, “I’m afraid we’re going to have to let you go”...however it’s worded, all three of these phrases mean the same thing — you’re fired. Regardless of whether or not the dismissal was your fault, being asked to pack up your things and leave the dental office is a nerve-wracking experience that will leave you feeling shaken and worried.
You don’t always have to employ a permanent member of staff for every role. If your office needs a professional with specific skills for a short–term period, it could be rational to hire a dental office contractor instead.
When you are running a dental practice, things don’t always go according to plan. Employees get sick, get fired, or go on vacation or maternity leave. On a more positive note, once in a while, you may experience a sudden rise in demand that leaves patients flocking on your dental office’s waiting lobby. Any of these scenarios might leave you with an immediate need to momentary cover a position or two.
As the United States’ population continues to age, and the demand for dental services continues to rise, dentists are falling into short supply. Dental offices and dental practices of all kinds are competing for the available dentists, leaving them (dentists) in a favorable position to negotiate terms of employment and choose the type of job schedules they want.
The holiday season can be a tricky time for business owners. All your staff are likely to feel the pressure of extra professional and personal obligations throughout December, with the treat of mass burnout never seeming far away. To help keep your staff happy and continue providing your patients with the top-notch service they expect, here’s some advice on how to deal with the most common dental staff issues you can anticipate during December.
Has the smile gone out of your dental practice? Does dealing with your dental staff feel more like an impossible challenge than working together as a strong team? If so, there’s something wrong with your dental office. But you don’t have to throw in the towel and close your doors. You can fix it and regain the happy atmosphere and upbeat teamwork that seem like a long-lost dream.
From your specialist dentist who is a master at a handful of important tasks and your dental hygienist who does a thorough cleaning quicker than anyone else to your dental assistant who is incredible at placating anxious staff and your dental receptionist who tries to make sure everyone attends their appointments on time, there are many moving cogs in the machine that is your dental practice.
It’s no secret that people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. This is especially true for those who’ve let their oral care slip. But even if your patient takes really good care of their teeth, there are definitely some things they do inside the dental practice that drive you crazy.
Anyone who has ever set up a dental practice, at one time or another has experienced a moment of indecisiveness; when do you hire more staff.
Probably the biggest concern for dentists in practice is, “do I have enough patients?” Practice management consultants will focus on the numbers of new patients, the average production garnered from each and whether the patient returns to the practice or not (retention).