Hiring Wrong in Dentistry

The cost of hiring the wrong person can be staggering, both in terms of finances and the overall well-being of your practice. Let’s explore why making the right choice from the outset is crucial and how it can save your dental practice from costly pitfalls. Hiring wrong in dentistry can have far-reaching consequences for both your practice’s finances and its overall success.

Financial Implications

Hiring the wrong person can have a significant financial impact on your practice. Consider the costs of recruitment, onboarding, training, and initial salary. The price tag can be substantial when you factor in the need to repeat these processes for a replacement. Additionally, the lost productivity and potential negative impact on patient care can result in revenue loss.

27.5% plan to apply for a new job within one year. The average annual income of those who plan to apply for new jobs within one year is $36,821. Dental assistants earning below or near that income level are more likely to seek new employment.

Decreased Productivity

An ill-fitting team member can disrupt the workflow in your practice, leading to inefficiencies and reduced productivity. For instance, a dental hygienist who doesn’t work well with the rest of the team or needs more clinical skills can slow down the entire operation. This can lead to decreased patient throughput and, ultimately, revenue.

Patient Satisfaction and Trust

Patients trust their oral health to your practice, and the wrong team member can damage that trust. A dental assistant or associate dentist lacking professionalism, empathy, or clinical competence can lead to patient dissatisfaction and attrition. Losing patients due to a poor team fit can be costly in terms of both revenue and reputation.

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Employee Morale and Turnover

Hiring the wrong person affects your patients and your existing team members. A mismatched team member can create tension and lower team morale. This can lead to turnover among your valuable staff, who may seek a healthier work environment elsewhere.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

In dentistry, ethical standards and legal regulations are stringent. Hiring someone who doesn’t adhere to these standards can result in legal troubles and damage your practice’s reputation. Additionally, it may necessitate costly legal action or settlements.

Time and Energy Drain

Repeated hiring processes take time and energy away from running your practice effectively. You could focus on patient care and practice growth instead of dealing with recruitment and training due to frequent turnover.

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How to Get It Right from the Start

  1. Thorough Screening: Invest time in the hiring process. Screen candidates rigorously, checking their qualifications, references, and compatibility with your practice culture.
  2. Behavioral Assessments: Use behavioral assessments to evaluate a candidate’s fit with your team and practice values.
  3. Trial Periods: Implement a probationary period to assess a new hire’s performance before committing to a long-term contract.
  4. Regular Feedback: Maintain open communication with your team to promptly identify and address any issues or concerns related to new hires.
  5. Ongoing Training: Invest in ongoing training and professional development to ensure your team members remain skilled and motivated.

Hiring the right team members from the start can save your practice from significant financial and reputational costs in the dental field, where patient care and trust are paramount. It also preserves your practice’s harmony, productivity, and integrity, ultimately leading to a successful and flourishing dental journey for you, your team, and your patients.

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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