Employee Spirit Month Dental Office Celebration Tips and Ideas

Employee Spirit Month Dental Office Celebration Tips and Ideas

Hello Friends,

Running a dental practice is not all about scheduling appointments and caring for patients’ smiles. It’s also about creating a positive and enjoyable work environment for your team.

March is Employee Spirit Month – Time to Sprinkle Some Fun in Your Dental Den for Maximum Smiles!

Tips & Ideas to Create a Fun and Productive Workplace in Your Dental Practice During March

In-Office Team Building Activities

Having fun at work helps in creating a stress-free and enjoyable environment. Team-building activities and events boost camaraderie among your employees. Some fun ideas include having a potluck lunch, bringing in an ice cream or coffee truck to the office, organizing craft sessions, games, puzzles, or even turning the music up for an impromptu dance session. You can also make little appreciation gifts that your team can give out to your patients at their appointments.

Boost Team Spirit with Themed Dress-Up Days

Boost trust, creativity, teamwork, engagement, and productivity within your team by introducing fun-themed dress-up days. For example, you can have Decades Day, Pajama Day, Western, Pirate Day, Fiesta, Hawaiian Day, Tacky Tourist, Sports Day, Superhero Day, or Crazy Hat Day. The possibilities are endless!

Refresh Your Staff Lounge

The breakroom or lounge plays a significant role in the workplace. It’s a place where your team can relax, unwind, and enjoy their breaks. Consider cleaning it up, reorganizing, and redecorating it to make it more inviting. Stock it up with healthy snacks and beverages for the team to enjoy. For more ideas on how to improve your dental office break room, check out this link:

Tips for Sprucing Up the Dental Office Break Room

Healthier Teams

Encourage a healthy lifestyle among your team by introducing team exercise or yoga classes, serving Monday morning breakfast smoothies, or encouraging walks outside during breaks. These activities not only promote health but also provide a fun and energizing start to the workday.

Engage with Social Media

Utilize your social media pages and your Google My Business page to showcase the fun side of your office. Post fun team videos, employee work anniversaries, and fun pictures of your team and patients. This will not only boost your online presence but will also give your patients and potential patients an insight into your enjoyable workplace.

Have Fun Outside the Office

Plan fun activities outside the office like bowling, paint parties, shopping, axe-throwing, escape rooms, cooking classes, or even outdoor activities like nature hikes or pool parties. This would help in team bonding and creating a more cohesive work environment.

Community Involvement

Get involved in your local community. Participate in local events like art fairs, fundraisers, parades, etc. This not only boosts your visibility but also provides opportunities for team building. Don’t forget to take pictures and share them on your social media pages and website.

Invest in Continuing Education

Investing in your team’s continuing education is a great way to ensure practice growth. It’s also a wonderful team-building experience that can result in a happier and more motivated team. Consider incorporating a dental continuing education class with a fun event, like a CPR Course and Pool Party.

Gifts of Appreciation

In addition to simple, yet appreciated, thank you cards; Spa Gift Card, Good Ol’ Cash, Lunch/Breakfast, Purse/Tote bag, Gift Baskets, Plants/Flowers, Jewelry, Movie/Theater Gift Cards, Tickets to Sporting Events/Concert, Amusement Park tickets, Restaurant gift card, Gas cards, and Car Wash Gift Cards.

Practice Owners – Running a dental practice is more rewarding when you have a happy and motivated team. If you need help improving your dental practice, feel free to contact me at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com for a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call.

Regular Team Training

Support your team’s growth by offering consistent training sessions. This not only equips them with the skills they need to perform their tasks efficiently but also shows them that you value their professional growth.  Make sure to give thorough training to all new hires and offer refresher courses to the existing team on practice goals, expectations, systems, software, telephone etiquette, dental procedures, protocols, and more.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty

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Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Tips and Ideas for October 2023

Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Tips and Ideas for October 2023

Hello Friends,

What do you have planned to help make this your best fourth quarter ever?

If you’re looking for some ideas, you’ll find here some office management, team building, and leadership tips and reminders to help make October a lovely month for you and your team.

Team Building and Appreciation Ideas

October is Pizza Month – Bring in pizza for lunch one day this month for the team.

National Chocolate Day: 28  – How about bringing the team a sweet chocolatey treat today? (Dark chocolate does contain some dental health benefits. Win-Win

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Leadership Tip

You Matter to Me Day: October 7th. – No employee will ever complain about being over-recognized and appreciated. Let your employees know just how much they matter to you. Employee appreciation is directly linked with job satisfaction, productivity, happiness at work, and overall team morale. Make sure they feel appreciated and valued!

Boss’s Day: October 16th –  Plan now to make this a special day for your boss(es).

Practice Management Reminders...

Get Proactive – Look ahead at the doctor & hygiene schedules for the rest of the year. Plan now for how you’ll reach/exceed your scheduling, production, and collection goals for the final quarter. Have you reserved some time at the end of the year to accommodate emergencies, lab case treatment, and those patients who wait until the last minute to use their insurance benefits?  Remember, you get to control the schedule. Stressful & chaotic? Or Productive and smooth?  Your choice 🙂

Insurance Renewal Letters – Send out your Insurance and HSA/FSA “Use it or Lose it” reminder texts, emails, and letters. Make calls to patients with unscheduled treatment plans and/or due in hygiene. Have you gotten started on this?

Practice Owners If you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about or would like to discover areas of opportunity for your practice … please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com. (Plan now to smile more in 2024)

I hope these ideas and strategies when implemented will allow you to end the year strong.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

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Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas for September 2023

Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas for September 2023

Hello Friends,

How are things looking for your office in September? Do you have holes in the schedule? Or are you booked solid? Are you on track to have your best September ever?

No matter if your schedule is full of patients or full of holes there are things we can do to improve the practice – things that show the team how much they matter and things to show your patients that you care.

The ideas that I am sharing with you for September will help you reactivate and reappoint patients, attract more new patients, build relationships within the community, as well as exceed your current patients’ expectations. You’ll also find ways to show your team how much you care and appreciate them.

For Practice Growth, Marketing, and Social Media Content for September 2023 -please visit: September 2023 Dental Practice Growth and Marketing Ideas

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Team Building and Appreciation Ideas…

National Taco Month  – Mexican Fiesta Lunch. Take the team for lunch or have a taco fiesta potluck lunch at the office.  “Taco ‘bout an awesome team!”

Random Acts of Kindness Day or Be Kind Day: 1st  – Do something kind and unexpected for your team. Give a thank you note and/or a small gift of appreciation to your employees.  It could be a gift card or actual gifts. (i.e.: spa products, chocolate, books, essential oils, teas, water bottle, etc.)

National Coffee Day: 29th – Starbucks or Coffee Gift Cards or Bring in a special coffee/tea drink for the team.

Office Manager Appreciation Month – Take this opportunity to put a spotlight on your office manager this month (in-office and on social media). 

 


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Practice Management Reminders and Ideas for September…

Pre-Appointment Chart/Schedule Review – Prior to the appointment, look for patients with unscheduled restorative treatment, family members due, unscheduled hygiene patients, and same-day treatment (ex. bite-guards, sealants, fluoride, whitening, etc.). Look for opportunities to help more of your patients smile healthier.

Insurance Renewal Letters – Send out your Insurance and HSA/FSA “Use it or Lose it” reminder texts, emails, and letters. Make calls to patients with unscheduled treatment plans and/or due in hygiene.

Dental Service Special/Feature

Mouthguards – September 4th is Mouthguard day. Consider, offering special pricing for custom mouthguards during the month of September.


Think beyond what you’ve always done to get by or your current perceived limitations– get creative with your methods for staying in touch with your current patients, reaching out to inactive patients, welcoming more new patients, and learning new things as a team to keep things fresh and motivating.

With your actions lead your team in the direction you want your practice to go and grow.

Practice Owners – If you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about or would like to discover areas of opportunity for your practice … please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com. (Plan now to smile more in 2024)

“Being held accountable is an act of generosity and compassion. It is a gift that someone gives us to correct our wrongs, unlearn, and do better for the sake of our own growth. It might be uncomfortable, but it is worth the discomfort.” – Minaa B.

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Have the BEST September!

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

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Betty’s Top Ten FREE Dental Practice Improvement Tips for 2021

Betty’s Top Ten FREE Dental Practice Improvement Tips for 2021

Hello Friends,

Here you will find my Top Ten FREE Dental Practice Improvement Tips for 2021. They’re not just free to read, they’re free to implement. How awesome is that?! Ideas that when implemented, WILL help you increase production, attract more new patients, build relationships within the community, have more fun as a team, as well as exceed your established patients’ expectations.

Betty’s Top Ten FREE Dental Practice Improvement Tips for 2021

#1 – Mission, Vision, Core ValuesKnowing why you show up every morning will help to create a culture of happiness and excellence.

Mission – A clear definition of the purpose and focus of the practice today.

Vision – It is about what you want your practice to be in the future. It is the outcome/result of your mission.

Core Values – Core Values represent the beliefs and principles that define your practice, your team, and the patient experience you aim for in your dental practice.

Involve the entire team in your vision, mission, and goals for the practice. Involving your team will help to keep everyone on the same page, working together for the greater good of the practice. Encourage and empower your team to not only come up with new ideas and solutions to problems but to implement these ideas and solutions.

#2 – Lead by Example –  “Treat your employees how you would like them to treat your best patient!

If you want to see a positive change in your practice, you must consistently lead by example… be the change. It starts at the top. You set the tone for the day, make certain that it’s a happy & productive one. This includes any employee in a management position – if you have employees complaining about your office manager, take it seriously. A toxic office manager will destroy your practice over time, at the very least, cause a staff turnover nightmare.  In fact, any employee that is toxic to your vision, to your team, and/or your patients…needs to go. It’s not easy to make the decision to terminate someone’s employment, yet absolutely necessary if you want to improve your practice.  It’s been said that “what you allow you encourage.” Once you make the decision to no longer tolerate or allow the poor behavior and attitudes in your practice, you’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief.

#3 – Communication – “The art of communication is the language of leadership.”

  • Job Expectations & Job Responsibilities – What are the performance expectations for your team? Does each employee clearly understand their role in the practice? Have every team member write down a detailed list of all their job responsibilities. This is VERY helpful in determining more effective ways of doing things as well as finding out what is NOT being done.
  •  Morning Huddles – See: https://bettyhaydenconsulting.com/2019/04/30/dental-office-morning-huddle-tips-and-ideas/
  • Monthly Team Meetings – See: https://bettyhaydenconsulting.com/2019/12/27/tips-and-ideas-for-successful-monthly-dental-team-meetings/
  • Quarterly Employee Check-ins (AKA Performance Evaluations)
  • Hello, Good Morning! – Make it a point to greet your fellow team members every morning. Let people know that you see them and acknowledge them with a hello.
  • Thank you – Express your appreciation.  Saying thank you improves your office, your health, and the patient’s experience.
  • Commendation – Commend your employees when you catch them doing something “right”. Commendation boosts morale. Applaud & reward the behavior and actions that you want to see more of. Simply thanking your team at the end of the day goes a long way in making them feel appreciated. Little surprise treats and gifts every now and then are also much appreciated.

#4 – Know your Numbers – “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” – Maya Angelou

Knowing your practice numbers and doing something with what you know about those numbers is key to growing and improving your practice. Numbers tell a story. Numbers tell you if your practice is healthy or unhealthy.  

Get a baseline of where you’re at in order to make a goal for where you want to go.  For example,

  • Overhead – Evaluate your true costs of doing business. What does it cost you per hour to keep the practice running?
  • Supplies – What is your supply budget vs what you are actually spending?
  • Payroll – What is your payroll percentage? Are you hygienists producing 3.3 times their salary?
  • Collections – Are you collecting what you produce and how long is it taking to collect your money?
  • Adjustments/Write-Offs – Are you closely monitoring your adjustments and write-offs?
  • Production – What are your hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly restorative and hygiene production goals?
  • New Patients – How many new patients do you want per month? What are you doing to welcome more new patients each month?
  • Attrition – How many patients are you losing each month and why?
  • Treatment Acceptance Vs Diagnosis – How many of your patients are saying yes to your best care? How are you keeping track of your unscheduled treatment plans?

If your numbers reveal unhealthiness be quick to act and get help to restore your practice to health and happiness.

Friends, do you know how many of your active patients have a future appointment and how many do not? Do you know how many new patients you are welcoming into the practice AND how many patients you’re losing each month?  To help you get that data quickly, like within minutes – if your PMS is either Dentrix, Eaglesoft, or Open Dental you can request a complimentary, no-obligation practice data snapshot here: Game-Changing Awareness from Dental Intelligence  – Within minutes we’ll identify your practice’s strengths and uncover hidden opportunities.  I am happy to assist you with this at no charge and with absolutely no obligation to do anything further with me. 

#5 – Declutter Clutter in your physical surroundings will clutter your mind and spirit.”

Clutter represents indecision. Decide to get rid of the clutter! That includes any sticky notes attached to computer monitors, coats/sweaters hanging on the backs of chairs, and fast-food drink containers sitting out on the counters. Along with unnecessary things sitting on treatment room counters. What about your sterilization area? Does it look clean and sterile? Or cluttered and unclean?

  • Make a cleaning schedule – including the who, what & when.  When will the parking lot, restrooms & reception room be checked & cleaned? This should be done several times throughout the day. Do not wait for the “cleaning person” to take care of those areas.  If the flooring needs to be vacuumed… vacuum it. If the glass on the windows/doors have fingerprints…clean them. If the restroom toilet and sink are dirty… clean them.  Make a promise as a team that if you see it (and you know you do) clean it.

SEE https://bettyhaydenconsulting.com/2019/12/03/are-you-past-due-for-your-office-cleaning/

#6 – Stay on Time – “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.

If you’re often running behind schedule, investigate the reason(s) why. If you know the why… change whatever it is causing you to stray from the schedule. Running behind schedule sends a message to your patients and your team that you don’t respect their time. Respect your team by sticking to the scheduled work hours. Be sure that they are not habitually working through their lunch or having to work late. They need breaks to refresh and refuel. Give them that. They have a life outside of work and making them work past their scheduled end time is a real drag. I understand that sometimes unexpected events may occur so they might be asked to work late or into a lunch hour but this should be a rare occasion, not a daily or even occurrence. 

Arriving at the office with plenty of time before the first scheduled patient, expecting your patients to arrive on time, never wait on hygiene exams, calculate the actual amount of time it takes to do procedures, control the schedules, these things will help you stay on time.

#7 – Show you Care People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” – Theodore Roosevelt

  • Post-Op Calls – Doctors and Hygienists, call your patients at the end of the day to see how well they are doing. (Tip: Call all patients that received an extraction, perio treatment, difficult procedure, were fearful or new to the office.)
  • Pre-Op Calls – Doctors and Hygienists start building your relationship with a new patient before they step foot in the practice. Call and give a warm welcome, let them know you are looking forward to meeting them at their appointment. It’s unexpected, takes only a few minutes, and will really make your new patient feel special.
  • Say My Name – Everyone likes to hear his or her name. Greet your patient’s by name. Use their name during treatment. Thank them by name for coming in or calling.
  • Memorable Goodbyes – Make a great last impression with a friendly goodbye…be sure to use the patient’s name.  Give them something good to talk about.
  • Thank you’s – Send handwritten thank you cards to your new patients and to your new patient referral sources.

#8 – Reappointments & Reactivation – “Do what matters, now.”

  • Reappointment – The best way to keep your patients active is to be sure to reappoint them for their next hygiene visit when they are there at the office. Also, help more of your patients say yes to your treatment recommendations and have them reserve their appointment at the time of treatment presentation.
  • Reactivation – Stay in touch with your unscheduled and/or inactive patients.

#9 – Online Presence – “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

How are you presenting your dental practice, your services, your care, yourself, and your team online? Are you attracting potential new patients or turning them away? Consider briefly these four important areas…

  • Website – Your website should reflect the culture and personality of the practice and the team. The content should be fresh and relevant. The photos should be attractive and current. Think about this, when people visit your website are you welcoming them with warm and helpful messaging or inadvertently turning them away with poor messaging and unattractive pages?
  • Social Media – Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, Online Community News Pages, YouTube, and more help to build your dental practice. Even if you’re not a fan of social media, please remember that most likely many of your patients and potential patients are using these platforms regularly. 
  • Google My Business – Are you consistently posting fresh content to your Google business page? If not, you should. It’s free, easy to do and people visiting your listing like to see fresh content.
  • Reviews & Recommendations – Ask your patients to please review your office on Google and recommend you on Facebook. Don’t simply rely on third party companies to do this for you. It’s so simple (& free) to invite your patients to do this for you.

#10 – Training –There is no way the quality of your patient care and experiences will exceed the quality of the people who provide it.”

Don’t hold back in this area! Invest in your team. Thoroughly train any new employees on your practice goals, systems, software, telephone skills, dental procedures, protocols, etc.  However, training isn’t just for your new employees, everyone in the office needs regular training.

Is there a chance you might have some new dental equipment or training manuals just sitting on the shelf, collecting dust?  It’s most likely because your team didn’t understand or appreciate the why and the how. Knowing why and how this new idea, technique, equipment, or procedure works, benefits the patient, the team, and the office is critical to enthused implementation.

Doctors, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy start to 2021!

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