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Terminating an employee for any reason can be a very stressful and unpleasant situation and it can even be somewhat overwhelming, even a bit confusing… written notice, termination pay, progressive discipline, termination for cause, without cause. So many things to know and understand.

Take it step by step:
Proper preparation prior to the termination can get you prepared for what is to come but it also helps ensure that the employee leaves with dignity and helps mitigate risk to your practice.

Now sometimes, it is necessary to eliminate a position that has become redundant or you may have to lay off employees due to business slowdowns. Other times, terminations may be due to poor performance or inappropriate conduct. Regardless of the reason, it is important to terminate the business relationship in a professional manner, with appropriate notice, and in a way that meets at least, the minimum legislative requirements for your province/state.   

An employee who is wrongfully terminated or terminated without cause and not provided with an appropriate notice period (or payment in lieu), will now have reason to initiate legal action to recover the monies owing, or to contact an employment standards officer to open an investigation. Which is something I am sure you would not like to happen!
It’s much better to understand the appropriate way to handle terminations within your workplace so that you avoid any type of litigation or investigation in the first place. 

Terminations caused by poor performance: Some employers will avoid conflict as long as possible and will continue putting up with inappropriate conduct or poor performance from an employee, rather than starting the disciplinary process. Having a disruptive employee, or someone who does not seem to pull their weight, can begin to have a negative effect on the rest of the staff; and that is something you do not want! When employees see that an underperforming colleague is allowed to continue down such a path, the rest of your staff may become resentful and it can result in lower productivity and higher turnover.
Poor performance or inappropriate conduct should be addressed as soon after the incident as possible, or upon noticing deteriorating performance. In some cases, working with the employee can help to turn things around without having to take further disciplinary action.

However, if the results are still not acceptable, it is critical to act quickly, document all discussions, and adhere to legislated requirements for your jurisdiction before terminating employment.

Cover the basics:
1. When an employee is hired, it is important to have them sign an employment contract. This contract will clearly outline information that outlines roles, expectations, salaries, probationary period and termination provisions.
2. Conduct regular performance reviews to provide feedback, guidance and create an action plan for areas of improvement.
3. If there is a cause for progressive discipline it must be documented to show you provided enough opportunity & guidance for them to improve.
4. If at that point, things are not improving you must contact an HR professional for advice to ensure that your documentation and process is appropriate to minimize your risk.

If you proceed with deciding to terminate- it does not end there!

There are series of steps you still need to take to ensure everything is done correctly the day of. We can’t stress this enough! The decision to terminate should never be taken lightly. If not handled properly, it can also result in expensive litigation. This is not a position you would want to find yourself in.

We have put together a termination checklist for you to download. It walks you through what needs to be done the day of termination.  Visit: https://streamdental.leadpages.co/terminationchecklist/  
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Stream Dental understands that you have a lot on your plate, as the owner of a growing Dental Practice, usually having little or no in-house Human Resource expertise! Our new services allow us to become your virtual HR department. Offering human capital solutions that provide the greatest impact on workplace productivity, employee engagement & retention and help you grow your business with the right people and processes.  
Contact us today: www.streamdental.ca

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Let’s start off by addressing what a confidentiality agreement is. It’s an agreement for your team to keep everything in your office confidential. The purpose of the agreement is for your team members to agree to maintain confidentiality regarding all confidential materials, patient information, processes, marketing, pending business transactions… just to name a few! This agreement outlines that all confidential information is kept strictly confidential both during and after their term of employment.

Why is this necessary?
As a business owner, you have worked hard to grow your practice and to provide the best treatment to your patients and build your reputation. It is important for you to protect all your hard work by having a confidentiality agreement in place. Everyone who comes to your office to work should sign one! This means, all new and current team members should sign! One other area that is often over-looked are any temporary employees or candidates that come into your office for working interviews. You want to protect you and your practice.

We understand that temporary relief & working interviews are a common in this industry, but have you ever given much thought about getting potential candidates to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to their interview?

The same goes with working interviews. These potential candidates may come into contact with, view, or handle confidential medical and personal patient information, products and/or system. This is information that is not readily available to the public, and may compromise your practices competitive advantage in the market place in the event that sensitive business information relating to your practice is divulged.

Now don’t be fooled! The internet has many sample templates that you can download for free but it may still leave you vulnerable! One size does not fit all when it comes to legal documents & protecting your office.
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Contact Stream Dental today and we will help customize your confidentiality agreement to suit your practice. www.streamdental.ca

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Human Resources gets a bad rap sometimes and is often misunderstood & over-looked! It goes beyond just hiring and firing! HR deals with the human aspects/needs of both employees and employers. Many dental companies do not have an HR department and the duties often fall on the Dentist or the Office Manager- who do not have up to date training and information on employment standards & regulations.

What is HR?:
Let’s start off by talking about what the Human Resource department does. The HR department needs to provide the knowledge, necessary tools, training, administrative services, coaching, staff development, legal and management advice, and talent management oversight that the rest of the organization needs for successful operation. HR departments must become attune to changes in the business and talent landscapes and help organizations navigate the changes in pursuit of their goals.

Appropriate Documentation:
Another area that often gets overlooked in Dental practices are employment contracts and policy manuals. Why are these documents so important?! The importance of having those in place are meant to protect not only the rights of you as an employer, but also the rights (or powers) of your employees. These documents help ensure expectations and responsibilities of both the employee and employer are clearly defined.
A policy manual helps you communicate your company expectations to your employees by developing a clear a thorough manual. These will be your workplace guidelines that cover a wide range of workplace activities, from resolving conflicts, to code of conduct, to performance management, dress code, sick leave, vacation time and much more. Having these documents leaves no grey areas of what is expected of your employees.

Recruitment:
We understand that recruiting takes lots of time. You want to find the right candidate to fit your team. It may take time to find the right candidate, but it’s important to do it right. If you hire the wrong person, there can be negative affects to having a bad hire, such as having an adverse impact on your team dynamic, quality of customer service, lost time and wasted money.

Gone are the days where HR just meant hiring and firing. There is so much more involved when it comes to your staffing needs. It may seem a bit overwhelming with running your own successful practice and having to juggle all the HR duties as well, but it can be done!
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Stream Dental understands that you have a lot on your plate, as the owner of a growing Dental Practice, usually having little or no in-house Human Resource expertise! Our new services allow us to become your virtual HR department. Offering human capital solutions that provide the greatest impact on workplace productivity, employee engagement & retention and help you grow your business with the right people and processes.

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