This blog was provided by Warschaw Learning Institute and written by Elaine Dickson. Let me know what you think!
Dr. Bill Sasser, a periodontist in Charleston, South Carolina puts it very simply. “I don’t base my employee’s salary on the position, but on the person. A good employee is worth everything, and a bad one is worth nothing.” In dentistry as in many other businesses, all employees are not “created equal”. Just because someone has more “experience” does not necessarily make them a better candidate than another person who has not worked in the field.
Limiting your hiring process by recruiting only those who have worked in dentistry can be very hazardous to practice growth, because you may not get what you are paying for. Just because someone interviews well and has worked in a position for awhile, does not always mean they have been successful. This depends on the person, and it’s the right combination of attitude, character traits, experience and personality that makes a truly valuable employee. Experience is only one piece of the puzzle, and the question you must ask yourself is “what type of experience?” Sometimes experience translates into bad habits that can encumber your progress and actually cause your practice to digress.
People make all the difference. What good does it do to spend thousands of dollars on continuing education and implement practice management systems designed to insure effectiveness, when you do not have the right people to carry these systems out? As a dentist/practice owner it is not humanly possible for you to perform chairside and oversee all of the administrative or even clinical systems of your practice at the same time. Read More