PPE (Please Practice Empathy)

Training our team and on-boarding new members

Integrating new team members has become more of a challenge today than ever before. As a result, I suggest we all need to regroup and take a step back. We owe it to the new hires as well as to ourselves to consider the approach to onboarding in a whole new way.

The myriad of adjustments required along with added precautions as to how we now practice, as well as re-adjusted protocols and systems make it near impossible to “support” a new hire efficiently and effectively as they enter your practice. After all, you are still trying to figure things out and learn how to streamline operations almost daily that had been working just fine for years. With all of you trying to get into a rhythm and a system, how can you possibly train and coach others new to your practice? Yet without your employees, how can we possibly function today?

How do we manage this? For starters with patience! Patience is incredibly important right now. Don’t expect a new hire to pick things up quickly and be 100% compliant with your practice culture and practice style while you are all involved in the learning curve too! The practice you created and maintained pre-Covid is not the same practice you are working in today.

I am so discouraged by some of my clients who are pushing their new hires to learn quickly so that they can help immediately. This is occurring while the existing team members are also trying to figure things out. No one had a playbook to work from, making things nearly impossible to hand off or share responsibilities with others. We are all taking things day by day and hopefully developing new ways of adjusting to learn how to manage things that in many cases have been done one way for years.

Based on the nature of our business environment, we all know that change is stressful and nerve-racking as dental professionals under normal conditions. Add to it all the other components that we are now required to oversee, and we have a prescription for heightened emotions.

Please show some patience. And if you haven’t been a patient person in the past, please try your absolute best to pull from within to attempt to display this quality. It’s difficult enough to locate dental personnel today. Not offering them a safe and welcoming haven professionally and personally and providing reasonable time to learn the ropes can assure you of a rapid turnover.

If you have been lucky enough to locate quality job seekers that are passionate about dentistry and value the position they hold within the practice, give them what they need to succeed and a little more time than usual to get into the swing of things.

Today many new hires are going to lack the attention we would normally be giving as we are all looking to find our way. Let’s all try to be kind to one another as we all navigate through uncharted waters.

 

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