The topic of hiring a hygienist away from another dental practice is one that often stirs ethical debates within the industry. I’ve certainly been asked about this numerous times by clients, but here’s the reality: If someone was willing to speak with you about your opening, then they aren’t fully committed to the job they currently have. Eventually, they will leave and work for someone else anyway. 

While the decision to recruit talent from a competitor is a complex one, it’s essential to navigate these waters with integrity and respect for all parties involved.

  1. The Candidate’s Perspective:

When a hygienist considers transitioning to a new practice, it’s essential to acknowledge their motivations. Some may be seeking better opportunities for growth, career advancement, or even a healthier work-life balance. It’s not always about disloyalty to their current employer.

  1. The Competitive Landscape:

Dental practices often compete for top talent, including experienced hygienists. While it may appear that one practice is “poaching” from another, it’s crucial to remember that professionals should be free to explore opportunities that align with their career goals.

  1. Loyalty and Commitment:

Before making assumptions about a hygienist’s commitment to their current practice, it’s essential to recognize that professional loyalties can evolve. What might have been the right fit in the past may not align with their aspirations today.

  1. Ethical Considerations:

When contemplating hiring a hygienist from another practice, it’s vital to maintain ethical standards throughout the process. This includes open and honest communication with the candidate and their current employer. Transparency can help ensure a smoother transition for all parties involved.

  1. The Role of Professional Development:

Every hygienist should have the opportunity to pursue professional growth. Practices should focus on creating environments where their team members are inspired to stay rather than feeling compelled to leave in search of new challenges.

  1. Utilize outside sources to find these candidates:

If you struggle with having someone on your staff reach out to these potential candidates, you could ask a recruiter if they know of anyone available or would be willing to reach out on your behalf. At that point it was a recruiter looking to help them find new employment VS your office looking to “poach” them. 

In conclusion, hiring a hygienist from another practice should be approached with sensitivity and respect for ethical considerations. While it’s tempting to assume a lack of commitment to a competitor, the reality is often more complex. By fostering this idea of professional development and ethical recruitment practices, the dental industry can keep dedicated hygienists in the field. 💼🦷 #EthicalHiring #Hygienists #DentalIndustry #ProfessionalGrowth

About the Author Ben Shaver

For over a decade, I've guided growing dental practices and groups on how to use leadership and communication to build referable teams and memorable brands.

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