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Four Things To Avoid When Looking For Your Next Dental Job

Want your dream dental job? Avoid these 4 things.

Searching through job vacancies can be a bit of a tough task. It’s not fun, especially after a hard day’s work.  It’s a daunting task. You read through the specifications and doubt whether you meet them or not. The demand for dental jobs in the UK is unpredictable, and it’s set to stay that way thanks to the challenge of Brexit and seemingly never-ending cuts to the NHS.  If you’re thinking about a change in career path, or simply want to look for a new role elsewhere, it’s worth understanding what is important for you as a dentist the UK, even if you’ve been working here for years.

Today on the blog, we are discussing the five key things you should avoid doing in your next dental job.

Avoid Accepting a Small Holiday Allowance.

Being a dentist is physically and mentally exhausting. It’s not a 9-5, even if that’s your practice’s opening hours. You’re often in the practice from 8am and sometimes won’t leave until 6 or 7. The daily grind of dentistry is tough, and that’s why you should pay attention to your holiday allowance. Everyone needs a holiday to take time our and recharge the batteries. Before applying for or accepting any roles, find out the holiday entitlement. The average holiday allowance is 28-30 days, excluding bank holidays. Usually, you’ll be able to decide for yourself when you need a break. Your corporate may make you complete a  “Holiday Request Form” which will require approval. This can make taking time out a bit of a bother, and they can reject your requests. Make sure you know the holiday policy before you agree to anything.

 

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Avoid Accepting a role somewhere, where the staff turnover is high.

It can be hard to deliver quality dental care when a team isn’t a team. It’s a team effort that only strengthens over time. It can be hard to spot, but if you can avoid working for a practice with a high staff turnover, then do so. A quality dental practice should have high levels of staff retention. If the dentists and nurses and reception team have been working there for 15 years, 10 years, it must be a good place to work. If they are committed to the team, you can guarantee they are committed to their work, and that is a place you want to be.

Avoid practices that are stuck in the stone age.

We’re not saying that you should only join a modern practice, but if you’re in 2018 and they’re stuck back in 2008, consider whether that’s somewhere you really want to work. To deliver the best dentistry to patients, the practice should – where possible – move with the times. If you’re trained in all things digital dentistry and they’re stuck in the stone age, it’s probably not right for you. Look for a practice that wants to be the best and offer the best to patients. That’s the only way a practice will grow.

 

 

Avoid Long Notice Periods.

This might seem like a funny one. Your notice period determines how many months you have to work before leaving. The industry standard in dentistry is three months. Avoid jobs with long notice periods, such as 4 or 6 months. If you’re leaving, you’re leaving for a reason. Longer notice periods can cause people to become unmotivated. If you can, negotiate your notice period to match the industry standard.

There you have it – our four top things to avoid when looking for your next dental job. Are there any red flags you look out for when you are looking to find a new job? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you. Comment below, or get in touch with us via social media.

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The Importance of Team Meetings

When was the last time you had a team meeting at work?

Team Meetings, some people love them, some people hate them.

Team meetings provide us with a ‘safe’ environment.

That might sound a little strange. However, if there are issues in the work place that you don’t feel comfortable confronting alone, or raising via e-mail or in a report, a team meeting is an ideal place to discuss any problems and concerns. Team meetings should be relaxed and everyone in the meeting should feel like they can contribute something. It should be a level and open playing field!

 

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Team meetings create a space for giving each other feedback

Staff members can use meetings to offer feedback to each other, as long as it is pitched at the right level. Team meetings shouldn’t be used to provide individual feedback that is critical – this should be done in one-on-one meetings. Positive feedback is a great motivator, particularly in a team. Whoever is in charge might not see all of the good that is being done in the workplace, that is why it is essential to get feedback from everyone. This may also highlight which members of staff work well together as well as areas for improvement.

They’re great for re-gaining focus!

Ever feel like your team just needs a bit of a re-focus? Have a few things gone wrong? Are goals not being met? A team meeting can help your team to re-focus and re-connect, allowing them to get their heads back in the game. This shouldn’t be done in a negative light, it happens to most teams! A quick 15 minute meeting could be the solution!

 

Finally, they’re a reminder that nobody is alone in the work place.

It’s in the name after all! Wether you work in a big team, or there are just a handful of you, it’s nice to come together as one entire team occasionally. If some of your staff are passing ships because of shift patterns, or if people have been working remotely, away from the office, a team meeting can be the perfect way to re-connect! Team meetings are the perfect way to bring everyone together to remind them that nobody is alone and that you are in fact a team!

So there we have it! A few reasons why the team at Blue Glove Jobs think that team meetings are important in the work place. What do you think about staff meetings, do you love them? Do you hate them? Let us know!

 

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