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How To Manage Staff Turnover In Your Dental Practice?

How do you handle staff turnover in small businesses?

If you’re a dental professional, you’re probably used to working in a small team. But working in a small team doesn’t always have it’s perks! When someone leaves a small team, everyone feels the pressure. Today on the Blue Glove Jobs Blog, we’re looking at how to handle staff turnover in small businesses.

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Stop putting all of your eggs in the one basket in the first place.

If you rely too heavily on someone and they announce that they are leaving, it’s no surprise that you go into a bit of a panic. Who will you turn to? Who will take on all of the additional roles? That’s not the person’s who is leaving’s problem. It’s yours. It’s down to the manager to organise the change so that everything will continue to run smoothly, whether that be distributing the tasks among other members of staff or instantly hiring a replacement. Anyone could leave at any minute, so stop putting all of your eggs in one basket. Staff

Staff Turnover needn’t be a problem – Be organised and have a plan.

People become ill and leave organisations, people get headhunted and find new opportunities elsewhere all of the time. If your best member of staff became ill and left or found a better opportunity elsewhere, what would you do? Do you have a back up plan?  The more time you spend worrying about your staff leaving, the less time you have to focus on continuing to run your business smoothly. Keep calm and carry on! Have a basic job vacancy template stored away on your computer just in case. Make sure your other staff are able to cope with extra workloads before passing the extra tasks on to them, you don’t want them to become overwhelmed either! Start re-recruiting at your earliest convenience.

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Don’t get angry with the member of staff who is leaving.

There’s probably a reason as to why they left. Staff are not obliged to stick around. The nicer you are about them leaving, the harder they’ll work during their notice period. If you give them the cold shoulder, don’t be surprised if they are slacking off during their notice period. It can be easy to feel upset, especially in a small business but don’t go burning bridges because you hoped they’d stay around forever. It’s important to remember that everyone is replaceable!

Find out why they are leaving, but don’t beg for information.

This isn’t to be nosy. It’s generally a good idea to find out why your member of staff is leaving. If it’s because of something in the workplace, use the knowledge to your advantage to improve the working environment for your other members of staff so that you don’t find yourself in a similar scenario again.

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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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Rates of Women in Dentistry Set to Increase

The proportion of female dentists in the industry is set to rise to over 60%, according to new Christie & Co. report.

The Dental Industry 2018, a new report from Christie and Co. shows the percentage of female dentistry undergraduates has risen to almost 64%. In today’s blog, we chat about the reasons for the increase of women in dentistry and what this could mean for the dental industry. Want to find out more? Keep on reading!

A rise in the number of female undergraduates.

Many years ago, it was not unusual for women to look out of place at dental school. You could look round a lecture theatre full of dental students and only a handful would have been female. Thankfully, the times they are a’changin!

The number of female dentistry undergraduates had been in a slow decline for many years. However, last year, in 2017, dental schools finally saw a reverse of this trend, with more and more females applying to and graduating from dental schools. Nowadays, women account for 63.4% of all dental undergraduates. This is almost a 10% increase on 2007 figures.  But what does this mean for the dental profession?

 

Women in Dentistry.

At present in the UK, females make up 49% of the dental workforce. With more and more females graduating from dental schools, this figure can only rise and therefore continue to influence workplace trends in the industry.

Traditionally, across most industries, women seek out part time roles and roles that have increased flexibility in working hours, to allow them to have a better work-life balance, particularly if they have a family at home. The same applies in the dental industry. Female dentists look for roles that have fewer working hours, or hours that are flexible around their life outside of the practice.

As such, dental practices and companies are looking to integrate different methods of working to suit a changing industry. This may take shape in the form of different opening hours or flexible working patterns.

The dental industry is changing for everyone – not just for women.

Women are certainly making waves in the dental industry, but there are some big changes ahead for all dentists. Our current political climate and the uncertainty of Brexit and what it means for the profession means that that more and more British dentists are searching out jobs abroad and taking their skill sets with them. While more and more people in the UK are becoming qualified dentists, the outflow is steady, too.

 

What do you think about women in dentistry and  the changes in the dental industry? Let us know in the comments below!

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Content Marketing WILL Help You Recruit The Right Person

Did you know that job seekers are 7 times more likely to apply to roles in companies that they feel they relate to?

These days, content is king, no matter if you’re looking to sell a product, show off your service or even recruit someone. That’s right, job seekers are hunting out roles in companies that excite them with great content. But how and why is this relevant to recruitment?

Today, we talk about why the humble job vacancy just isn’t cutting the mustard anymore and how content marketing is the key to attracting the right type of job candidate.

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If you’re guilty of using the same copy and paste job ad every time it comes to recruitment, keep reading.

A bland and over-used job ad is the reason you struggle to recruit good candidates and it’s that simple. A vague and boring job post won’t cut the mustard, especially if you’re looking for top quality candidates. Times New Roman, size 12 and poorly formatted isn’t going to draw candidates in. A job advert should be an extension of the company. Don’t give too much away, but give a flavour about what it’s like to work for you. This is a great way to cut off the deadwood before you even start receiving applications. The more specific you are, the less unsuitable applications you’ll have to rifle through.

We’re not saying it has to have widgets and slide shows and pictures and different fonts, sizes and colours, but it does have to be somewhat engaging. Here’s how you can do it successfully…

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Step One:  Take a look at who you’re trying to recruit.

If you’re recruiting, there is a good chance you already know the type of candidate you’re looking for. Are they a team player? How much experience do they have? What matters most to this person in a job? Where do they look for jobs? Once you have established who the candidate is and where you’ll find them, it’s time to start your content marketing.

Step Two: Go ahead and create some content.

The type of content you create for your recruitment process will very much depend on who you’re trying to recruit. That’s why step 1 is vital. Then step 2 will help you decide on the type of content, tone & voice of content and location of the content.

  • TYPE OF CONTENT – Videos, blog posts, social media posts – what type of content are your ideal candidates most likely to engage with? Are they online or offline?
  • TONE & VOICE – Are you speaking their language? Using Jargon? Are you referencing things they’ll recognise in the job?
  • LOCATION OF CONTENT – One candidate might spend their days on Facebook, the other scouring job websites. You should share content to different channels to target different potential candidates.

Step Three: Share out your content marketing efforts and monitor the results.

Share out your content in your chosen platforms and monitor the results. How many good quality candidates have come through compared to before? How are people engaging with your content? If it’s not quite right, adjust the content. Share it elsewhere. And don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from those who are already working for you. What are their thoughts on the content? Is it relevant and accurate to the business? Find out from the people who already work there!

 

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Why not give content marketing a go? You never know, your recruitment process could take just a fraction of the time with a little bit of creative content targeted to the right audience!

And remember, you can post any dental vacancies on our website completely free of charge to compliment your content marketing! Let us know how you get on with our ‘content marketing for recruitment’ tips!

Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide – By Dr. Kalpesh Prajapat

Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide: Written with experienced dental practice owners and dental associates.

Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide: Written with experienced dental practice owners and dental associates” is a brand new, innovative book compiled by Dr. Kalpesh Prajapat with a foreward by Dr. Dhru Shah.

A factual and up-to-date resource for associate dentists.

This brilliant book is written for associate dentists, by practice owners and experienced associates. This means that you get the inside scoop on what practice-life is like, putting you one step ahead of the game. But this is much more than just a book.

It’s full of handy resources that would benefit any dental professional, including:

  • Useful tips for CV writing, job applications, and cover letters
  • Free downloadable templates to help you build a dental portfolio, to allow you to show your work
  • Real interview questions, that you may be asked in an interview scenario
  • Tips on interview technique – how to really stand out from the crowd
  • Questions that you should ask in your interview, to make sure the practice is right for you
  • Advice on what to look for in a well-led practice
  • Tips on understanding your dental associate contract- what does it all really mean?

A great book for all dental professionals.

This book is a great addition for any new dentist. It would also be a useful resource for all dental professionals. So whether you’re completely new to the industry or have been practicing for many years, this book makes for an interesting read. Are you looking to take the next step in their career, enhance your CV and portfolio? Maybe you’re looking to improve interview and application techniques. If so, this book is for you.

It’s a great all-rounder for anyone looking to have a successful career in dentistry!

Where can you get your hands on a copy?

“Dental Associate Interviews: An Ultimate Preparation Guide” is available directly from Amazon. It is a digital download, making it perfect for those of you with a Kindle, or who have the Amazon Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet. Great for on the go and handy to reference at any time!

This book will be available as a paperback in the near future – keep an eye out for that!

You can purchase your copy at an introductory price of just £5.49 by clicking here.

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The Signs That Prove You Are Over-Worked

How can you spot someone who is working too hard?

You’d think it’d be easy to spot someone who is over-worked. We often imagine that over worked people would have dark, dark under eyes, with cocktail sticks holding their eyes open. We picture them living off of strong black coffees, never taking a break and being the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night.

In reality, that’s not the case. Just because you aren’t showing the stereotypical signs of tiredness doesn’t mean you’re not over worked! Today on the blog, we’re talking spotting the signs of being worn out, and what you can do about them!

 

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You cannot switch off from ‘work-mode’ no matter how you try.

You might be going home at night from work, but you aren’t able to switch off. Your mind is always thinking about e-mails and phone calls. You might even take work home with you to get a head start on the next day or to finish off tasks from the day before. Finding it hard to switch off from work mode is a sign that you’re overworked. This is a clear sign that you are overwhelmed and feel pressured by your job to try and stay on top of things, even out of hours.

You’re not your usual, happy self.

Overworked? Yeah, your workmates can tell, because you snap at the tiniest things, or don’t laugh along with the team. You prefer to work over your lunch hour and prefer to sit alone. Being overworked is taking hold of your energy levels. You feel sluggish and therefore act sluggish. Your bright peppy, usual self has been taken hostage by mountains of work. This is a sure fire way to recognise someone who is overworked.

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Your To-Do List has never been empty.

When was the last time your to-do list had nothing on it? If you can’t remember, you probably fit in to the over-worked category. If you know that you can’t manage an extra job, don’t say yes to it. Simply, if you feel like you’ll never catch up, you’ve already got too much on your plate.

You’re physically and mentally unwell.

Working too hard can take a serious toll on your health. Not only do you feel tired, your muscles can become sore and your body may ache, despite not having an ‘injury’ as such.  Your skin can become dull or you may suffer from break outs. You might gain or lose weight, have a massive appetite and comfort eat, or have no appetite and barely eat at all.  More importantly, if you’re losing interest in everything, that is a sign that you’ve been worked too hard.

What can I do?

Know when you’re being over-worked and take action. If other people tell you you’re over-worked, listen to them. If you feel too pressurised at work, speak to someone who can help you whether that be a friend at work or a manager. The more your work consumes you, the more likely you are to burn out and need time off, or worse, feel like you should quit. Finally, always remember to put yourself and your health first.

 

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