Ideas on How to Lead Your Dental Team
We all want to inspire others and have a successful team. But when it comes to leading a team, you need to be cautious. All teams are comprised of people with different characteristics and different goals. Inspiring and motivating them to work as a team requires work and commitment from you as their leader. Here are some points to get your team motivated! Let's Go Team!!!
Help them to build careers
When you are leading your team, you should try to find out what each employee's individual goals are. Remind them that it is not JUST a job; it's more than that. Help them focus on their goals, and let them know that you want to help build their careers. You can create a work environment that supports the growth of individuals. It is one thing to just provide them with a job description, but another thing when you can help them to have a vision for their future, and also show them the path which will lead them to their vision. You can inspire them, motivate them and also boost their confidence to help them reach their goal. And the best part to having an empowered team is that it will help your business grow.
Appreciate your team
You must remember that showing your appreciation is very important to help your team grow. If your team does not feel appreciated, it is difficult to motivate them to take on new tasks. Appreciation can come in many different forms. A simple thing like a note complimenting them on a job well done can do wonders. You can call your employees to an informal meeting and discuss the major highlights for that week. By doing this, it will definitely tell your team that you have noticed their hard work. Awards are also great motivators. So, if you are planning to do something formal, it can take the form of an award!
Infuse some fun in the job
Of course, pay is a good factor when it comes to retaining employees. You pay them well, and they will definitely think twice before moving out. But at times, it is also more than the money. It is also about how much they are learning and whether they enjoy being at work and are having fun at the office. It might sound a little off track, but many employees feel that their growth is directly proportional to the amount of fun they are having while learning new things.
Building commitment in an unconventional way
If you feel that there is lack of commitment in your team, you should try to find out what the missing element is and how you can bring it back. Instead of stressing on the conventional management ideas like accountability or empowerment, you can motivate your team in a fun way. You can actually introduce team-building exercises or games that will help them to find joy in their work. I know what you are thinking... "I don't have time to do team-building activities," but it is a great way to bring your team together.
If you put time and effort into your team, your team will put the time and effort into the practice and will be shown the benefits.
We know it can be a lot of work to plan performance reviews but we have developed a guide that has everything you need to conduct an effective review with your team!
A Simple Guide to Appreciate Your Dental Team
As a dentist, you need to play a dual role of a manager AND a practitioner. So, when you manage and motivate your dental team, you need to assess your practice both from the perspective of a leader and a dentist. You need to think of innovative ways to show appreciation to your team. Here are a few simple rules that can bring a lot of changes to the way your practice runs.
It may sound cliché, but nothing works more than a vibrant smile. If you are always grouchy due to the stress related to the job, do not be surprised if your team unintentionally follows your mood. Learn to appreciate the small things — even something as simple as appreciating how tidy the clinic is. Try and bring a cheerful disposition to the office. We know that dental jobs are not stress-free, but there is no point in harping on the stress. Don't sweat the small stuff! Instead, you should try to make your staff feel appreciated and happy.
Praising is a good way to show that you care
Saying “please" and "thank you" to your staff reminds them that their job is not only essential but is also appreciated. When one of your employees exceeds your expectations, let them know how you feel. Their efforts should never go unnoticed. Who does not want to feel appreciated?! At the end of the day, everyone should feel that their efforts are never taken for granted. It goes to show that you have noticed their efforts and are taking time to appreciate them and all that they do.
If one of your team members is not performing up to the mark, you should let them know. Unless you have regular performance reviews, it is difficult for them to understand where they are making the mistakes. You should always have a proper review process in place. This will not only help you to assess the performance of your team, but it will also help you to provide proper feedback. A positive feedback will boost the confidence of the team member. And if there is an issue, you can address it so that it does not become a major problem.
Introduce a rewards program
Introducing a rewards program to motivate and appreciate the hard work of your team is a good way to show that you care. But before you start a rewards program, try to analyze the kind of rewards the employees are looking for. Some would be happy with a hand-written note, while others may like a spa day or even a paid vacation! Every employee is different, so are their aspirations. You can listen to the conversation among staff and try to find out their preferences and choices. Or a simple but effective way would be to prepare a questionnaire and hand it to your employees so that you know about their choices and then you know how you can reward them accordingly.
There is a wide variety of ways to show your dental team appreciation that can go far towards keeping your staff satisfied, engaged and retained. Show your appreciation to your team by giving your employees the tools they need to succeed. When every individual on the team is successful, this contributes to the team as a whole, and everyone will see the impact.