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

Dental Coach

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January 2024 Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

January 2024 Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

Hello Friends,

2024 is just around the corner! How do you want to end 2024? What do you want your practice to be known for? Create your action plan for any wanted and needed improvements/changes to your office including setting your production, collection, treatment, continuing education, new patient, administrative time, and happiness goals for 2024.

Here you’ll find several office management, leadership, and team-building reminders and ideas for January 2024.

Management & Leadership Reminders

January is Get Organized Month – This is a great time to get rid of any office clutter! Check the closets, cabinets, drawers, and countertops, and shelves for any clutter (old manuals, books, electronics, paperwork) that can be organized, put away, or tossed out. Clutter equals chaos. There is no room for chaos or clutter.

CDT Codes – Have you reviewed the 2024 CDT Code changes, additions, and deletions? If not, I strongly encourage you to ensure you and your team are up to date with coding and billing guidelines. Also, a revised ADA Dental Claim form goes into effect on January 1, 2024.

Insurance Renewals –  Many of your patients’ dental insurance maximums are renewed on January 1. Phone, text, and/or email your patients with a friendly reminder of their renewed benefits and encourage them to make a reservation to come in for their hygiene wellness visit or to get started on their unscheduled treatment needs with the doctor. Include reminders on your social media pages.

Scheduling Success or Scheduling Chaos? – Reflect on your schedule last year, 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.

Practice Owners, if you’re ready 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 learn what opportunities for improvement exist in your practice... please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Team Building and Appreciation Ideas

Warm Up Wednesday – January is Soup Month. How about the employees bring in a crock pot of soup and have a prize for the best soup?  

National Pie Day: 23rd –  Bring in a sweet treat for the team today.

National Cheesy Sock Month – Buy cheesy/silly socks for the team and take a picture to share on Facebook & IG.

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Wishing you a happy and productive year!

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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Ten Simple Ways to Bring Your Manners to Work

Ten Simple Ways to Bring Your Manners to Work

Hello Friends,

September 1st is Bring Your Manners to Work Day so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a few quick tips and reminders regarding using our manners at work.

What are manners? Manners are the proper or polite way to behave in public, at work, and at home with your family.

We’re just going to focus on how we can bring our manners to work…

Good manners are cost-effective. They not only increase the quality of life in the workplace, they contribute to employee morale, embellish the company image, and play a major role in generating profit.” – Letitia Baldrige

Say please and thank you – Make it a habit to say please whenever you ask for something. Saying thank you improves your office, your health, and boosts morale.

Greetings – Say a warm & friendly hello & goodbye to your employees ( & fellow co-workers) at the start and end of the day.

Say I’m Sorry – Accept responsibility when you are wrong and when you’ve messed up.

Use your Body language Manners – 75-80% of how we interpret what others are (or aren’t) saying is through their body language. Remember, smile more, make eye contact, be attentive, and demonstrate that you are listening.

Be on Time – “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” Make sure that you arrive at work on time ( at the start of the workday and after lunch).

Clean up after yourself ( & others when needed) – Pick up the piece of paper from the floor, dust off the plants, keep your workspace, the lunchroom, and the restroom clean. (Replace the roll of Toilet Paper… even if there are still a few squares left to spare, replace it with a fresh roll. While you’re at it, go ahead and fold the toilet paper into a pretty fan. #kiddingnotkidding #ohanditsovernotunder)

Practice Great Personal Hygiene – Wear clothes that reflect the excellent care you give your patients. This means wearing professional, clean, and wrinkle-free clothes.  Also, your hair and body should be clean and odor-free. (Yes, I went there.)  

Be Kind & Don’t Gossip –  Refuse to listen to gossip and stop speaking & spreading gossip. Be KIND!

I wish you all happy workdays full of good manners 🙂

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

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June 2022 Dental Office Management Tips and Ideas

June 2022 Dental Office Management Tips and Ideas

Hello Friends,

How are things going for you at the office? Are you on track to reach or exceed your practice goals for this second quarter? Today, I am sharing some office management and leadership tips and ideas for you to put into action during the month of June so you can enjoy practice improvement, growth, and less stress.

Practice improvement and growth starts with you and your team! Remember, there is no way that the quality of patient care and experiences will exceed the quality of the people who provide it.

Don’t assume your team knows that you appreciate them just because you give them a paycheck every week. Show them by your words and actions that you value and appreciate their contributions to the success of the practice.

Invest in your team – Thoroughly train your employees (new & old) on your practice goals, systems, expectations, software, telephone skills, dental procedures, protocols, etc.  Include regular continuing education – you can do this with in-office training, webinars, lunch and learns, and seminars/classes outside of the office.

Have more fun as a team – Recess at Work day is June 16th – Get outside for a few minutes with your team for some fresh air. If you can’t all get outside, open the windows, and turn up the radio.  How about a sweet treat to enjoy during “recess”? (ex: ice cream, frozen drink, etc.)

Here are a few more ideas for you: Team Building and Employee Gratitude

Insurance Renewals & Unscheduled Patients – Some insurance companies renew their maximum on June 1st. Pull a report of your patients due in hygiene or with unscheduled restorative treatment that have a June insurance maximum renewal date. Make calls and send letters/texts/emails that their maximum renewed and encourage them to schedule an appointment.

In fact, this is a great time to reach out to all of your unscheduled patients the insured and the uninsured. Theme: Summer Sun & Smiles

Gift Certificates – Remember to offer gift certificates for purchase. Also, Electric toothbrushes, Water Flossers and Teeth Whitening make great gift ideas. 

Looking for Marketing & Practice Growth Tips & Ideas for June? You’ll find them here: June 2022 Marketing Ideas

The Marketing and Practice Growth Tips & Ideas that I share each month, when implemented, help you to welcome more new patients, engage with the community, have more fun as a team, and get your existing patients talking positively about their experiences in your office – but, is that enough to really grow your practice? Could it be that you’re working each month to bring in more new patients but aren’t enjoying “real” practice growth? You may have healthy new patient numbers each month and full schedules, and yet, the office isn’t growing and you’re working hard, feeling stressed out.

Are you retaining and reappointing your new patients? How are you staying in touch with your unscheduled patients? What systems are in place for ensuring that your new and existing patients consistently receive great experiences in the office and over the telephone?

What does retaining, reactivating, and reappointing established patients mean for you and the patient?

  • We are creatures of habit.  It’s easier to do something we are already doing than to do something different.
  • Established relationship. (They already know, like, and trust you. You just need to focus on strengthening that relationship)
  • No marketing costs – you’ve already paid the initial investment in getting the patient.

What are you doing to keep track of your established patients? What are you doing to ensure your established patients don’t slip through the cracks? 

Doctors, I would love the opportunity to work along with you and your team to help you set and exceed your practice goals. If you would like to schedule a no-obligation, complimentary consultation to learn how our coaching program works, please email me at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty – Dental Coach

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