The Simple Way to Hold New Employee Orientation

by Dr. Ron Arndt

Dental Practice Staff
A new employee needs special attention and TLC to become firmly committed to your dental practice. How do you nurture a new employee relationship? Typically, a new hire gets a five step program all crammed into one 8-hour day:

  1. Paperwork
  2. Quick Office Tour… Here’s the Coffee Maker
  3. Meet-The-Team
  4. Read This
  5. Get To Work

A better approach: Do it in smaller chunks, over a longer period of time.

  • Break up all the “stuff” and cover a portion each day for a week versus the first hours. Increase the complexity of information as the new employee’s base of understanding grows. It’s a proven that they will absorb and learn better.
  • Mark your calendar to check-in with new employees several times in their first month. Create opportunities for the new employee to comfortably ask those “dumb questions”.
  • Invest time to explain the history and logic behind what you do. The learning curve on a new job is typically 6-12 months. During that time, a new employee is still “putting down roots” and can be affected more deeply by change or neglect than established team members.
  • Make it personal – Talk about your Core Values, Vision and Mission statements. Let them know why you do what you do.

By following my steps, your new hires will contribute more and you will retain them for a longer time.

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