Are New Employees the Black Sheep of the Family?

by Dr. Ron Arndt

New Dental Practice Patient
A new employee needs special attention to feel like “part of the family”, not like an outcast. When you bring on a new team member do the following:

  • Help them fit in and assign a mentor. Make sure your new employee has a mentor assigned every day for the first three months. This increases their comfort level in the new environment.
  • Have someone different in the office take the new employee out to lunch each day for a week: Their choice, your treat. It will foster a great relationship with co-workers. This also gives the new employee a chance to ask questions of their co-workers that they might not yet be comfortable asking the Dental CEO.
  • Take advantage of fresh eyes. New hires notice things that veterans have become numb to. At the end of 30 days, meet with new employees to ask: “What do you like so far?” and “What do you think we could be doing better?”
  • At your next team meeting, invite everyone to think about what they didn’t like about their own orientation and ask them to provide a suggestion to improve the experience for the next new hire.

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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