March 2024 Dental Practice Management Reminders and Leadership Tips & Ideas

March 2024 Dental Practice Management Reminders and Leadership Tips & Ideas

Hello Friends,

March marks the end of the first quarter of the year. I am happy to share some valuable dental practice management tips and ideas for implementation throughout the month. These strategies and reminders aim to support you in wrapping up the first quarter successfully!

March: A Key Month Worth Your Attention

March is a crucial month for focusing on productivity and patient well-being. Why is it so important? Well, because in six months, September will arrive, and for many, September tends to be a slower month for appointments. Let’s take proactive steps now to make September more successful this year. We know that the back-to-school season can sometimes result in more last-minute changes to the schedule so consider, scheduling more patients without school-aged children in late August to mid-September and parents toward the end of the month and beginning of October.

Dental Practice Management Reminders and Leadership Tips & Ideas

Note: If you’re looking for Social Media Content, Marketing, and/or Team Appreciation Tips & Ideas for March 2024, I’ll share the links after the Management and Leadership Ideas.

Focus on Patient Health and Wellness

Set high standards for care and regularly evaluate your mix of services. Keep track of key metrics – monitor your diagnostic and treatment acceptance rates. Help more patients say yes to your best treatment recommendations. When your patients are healthy – your practice is healthy.

Clear Vision and Well-Defined Goals

When you share your vision and goals with your team, you create a sense of unity and focus.

Having a clear vision and defined goals are crucial in designing the systems and processes within your team and office. They act as a roadmap for organizing workflows, setting performance standards, tracking progress, and celebrating wins!

Clarity in vision and goals is the cornerstone of effective leadership and successful team collaboration. When everyone is on the same page and working towards a shared vision, the possibilities for achievement are boundless.

Practice Owners, if you’re interested in discovering how coaching can enhance your team leadership skills and create greatness through high-performance standards and principles, schedule your complimentary 30-minute coaching consultation today at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Same-Day Schedule Changes 

Holes in the schedule are not OK. Encourage your patients to keep their reservations and for the ones that absolutely must break their appt… unless they are a habitual offender PLEASE reschedule them while you have them on the phone.

When considering the cost of open chair time in a dental schedule, it’s essential to recognize the impact it can have on the overall efficiency and profitability of a dental practice. More importantly, the opportunity to help your patient smile healthier is lost.

Special Days to Celebrate in March

Dental Assistants Recognition Week3rd – 9th – This week is all about recognizing and celebrating your dedicated and amazing assistants! Capture a picture or two of your assistant(s) to share on your social media platforms along with a message of gratitude. Encourage your patients to leave positive reviews on Google and Facebook about the wonderful experiences they’ve had with your assistant or assistants at your practice.

National Dentists Day: March 6th   – Celebrate the fantastic dentists in your life today! Capture a picture of your dentist or dentists to post on your social media accounts along with a message of gratitude.

Daylight Saving Time Begins: 10th  (Turn Clocks Ahead 1 Hour)  @2:00 am)

Scheduling Hygiene Continuing Care Appointments

National Cleaning Week: 24th – 30th  (Last Week)

Spring Clean your Dental Health Routine

Create an email and social media campaign to reach out to your unscheduled hygiene patients reminding them to schedule their Spring Cleaning (wellness) visit.

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Dental Social Media Content and Practice Growth Tips & Ideas March 2024 – Visit HERE

Employee Spirit Month / Team Appreciation Tips & Ideas – Visit HERE

Have a great month of March!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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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.

I would be thrilled to receive your feedback! If you find value in the ideas and content I provide each month, please consider leaving a review or recommendation on Google or Facebook. Simply click the following links…  GOOGLE   and/or  FACEBOOK– Thank you so much!!  

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty

Dental Coach

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February 2024 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas and Reminders

February 2024 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas and Reminders

What are you doing to ensure this is a healthy and productive first quarter for you, your office, and your team?

Here are several management reminders, leadership, and team appreciation tips and ideas for February…

Note: If you’re looking for marketing, practice growth, and social media content ideas for February, you’ll find the links at the end of this post.

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Office Management Reminders and Ideas

Patient Reappointment and Reactivation – The easiest and best patients to fill your schedules (to meet/exceed goals) are those who have come to you before.  You have a huge advantage when reaching out to established patients of record; It’s the power of pre-existing relationships.  (Oh, by the way, on average, it can cost up to six times more to gain a new patient than it does to retain an existing patient.)

Are you monitoring how many patients leave the office without an appointment? How are you following up?

How many of your active patients are unscheduled?

How many of your active patients are enrolled in a hygiene continuing care program/recare?

What is your system for following up on unscheduled treatment plans?

Insurance Claims What does your insurance aging report look like? How often are you checking on outstanding insurance claims? Who is monitoring and working on your aging reports daily? How many claims are over 90 days old? Your goal should be zero.

Scheduling Success or Scheduling Chaos? – Review your schedule for this past January, on the days that went smoothly and the days that were stressful and chaotic.  What can you change to have more smooth and successful days and what needs to change to have less stressful days? Remember, where, when, and how you schedule your patients is something you should have 100% control over. If you have yet to take control of your schedule – don’t delay, get started today!

Leadership, Team Building, and Team Appreciation

Employees who don’t feel appreciated, valued, or understand their role (place) in the practice often will leave or even worse become disengaged.

What are the performance expectations for your team? Does each employee clearly understand their role in the practice?

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.

If you want to see a positive change in your practice, you must consistently lead by example… be the change.

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 just 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.

Random Acts of Kindness Week: 11th -17th – Do something special for your employees this week. Bring in an unexpected, sweet treat or small gift to let them know just how much you appreciate them. (By the way, if you’re an employee reading this, your doctor would also appreciate an unexpected act of kindness this week!)

National Snack Food Month: Treat your team to some healthy (and not so healthy 😉 ) snacks. You can add notes of appreciation to the snacks.

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Click here for National Children’s Dental Health Month Tips & Ideas

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas for July 2023

Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas for July 2023

Hello Friends,

Here you’ll find some tips and ideas for how you can enjoy healthier, more productive schedules during the month of July and beyond.

Leadership & Team Building / Appreciation Ideas

It’s been said, “Whatever you’re not changing you’re choosing.” What are you choosing for your dental practice? Do your choices bring you closer to your goals or further away? If you’re not changing the things you know you need to change I encourage you to get the support you need to make the changes necessary to choose success.

July is National Picnic Month – Go on a team picnic for an extended lunch break or enjoy a picnic-style lunch in the office.

July is also National Ice Cream Month – Bring in a sweet ice cream treat for a nice afternoon pick-me-up for the team.

Practice Management Reminders –

December/Holiday Season – Look ahead to your hygiene schedules in November & December to make sure you set aside/reserve some appointment times for New Patients, College students, and Patients that wait until the last minute to use their insurance benefits. If you haven’t done this already, please set aside some time to do it as soon as possible.

Cell Phone Courtesy Month – a good time to review your employees’ personal phone use during work hours guidelines/arrangements.

Practice Owners, I would love the opportunity to work along with you and your team to help you uncover areas of opportunity, and set and exceed your practice goals. If you would like to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary consultation to learn how my coaching programs work, please email me at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Looking for Summer Marketing and Social Media Content Tips and Ideas? Check them out here: July 2023 Dental Practice Growth Ideas

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Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)