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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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Self Care – How To Weave It Into The Working Day.

Today we’re talking why self-care is not just for after work and the weekends.

Self care, most simply, is the act of looking after your own mental and physical health. It means different things to different people, and everyone practises self care differently. Today on the blog, we’re looking at how you can incorporate self care into your working day and why you should.

Go outside on your breaks.

Going outside is an instant mood booster. Fresh air is never a bad thing! If you work somewhere where you don’t leave your office all day, make an effort to go outside on your coffee breaks and on your lunch break. Alone, or with colleagues, get outside and take in some fresh air. Why not walk around the block or eat your lunch outside? This is a great idea especially in the winter months where there is less day light. Vitamin D (when the sun is out) and fresh air are natural mood boosters – what’s not to love?


Stretch often.

If your jobs requires you to sit down all day, you need to take time to stretch. Muscles that aren’t used, weaken and can seize if you’re working in a still, uncomfortable position for extended periods of time. Every time you stand up to get away from your desk, stretch out your muscles. Being continuously uncomfortable can lead to strain injuries. Do your muscles a favour and make sure to keep moving and keep stretching!

Practice self care at work by eating well.

Eating well is the simplest form of self care. It can be hard to eat well at work. Maybe your boss has ordered in Pizza for everyone on a Friday, or someone has brought in home baking. Maybe clients have dropped in chocolates as a thank you. It can be so tempting! Make sure to balance the treats with healthy meals at work. We don’t want you to hit the 3pm sugar slump. A body that has proper nourishment from good healthy foods is more productive and can concentrate better.

Make your working environment as comfortable as possible.

There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at work. If you need a new desk or a new chair, ask. Do you think you would prefer a standing work station? ask for that too. If you work somewhere that is too dark, too bright, too warm or too cold, it can only make your job much harder. Ask if you can move your desk. It’s also a nice idea to make your working environment an extension of you, give it a personal touch. Decorate it if you are allowed to. Add pictures, a reed diffuser or stationary that you enjoy using. Make sure your desk stays clean and tidy too – tidy workspace, tidy mind.


Stop isolating yourself.

Sometimes all we need is a pal. Isolation makes us feel lonely. Stop going and grabbing your  tea or coffee alone. Why not go to the staff room for a coffee break with a colleague. Have a chat for 10 minutes about non-work related things, get away from your desk. We can get so used to sitting alone that we can finish our working day without barely speaking to anybody. It becomes such a habit that we don’t even realise! Chatting to others is a mood booster, and it’s also a nice way to

Self-care isn’t just for afterwork and weekends. We need to make sure we are looking after our bodies while we’re at work too. After all, we spend most of our time there! Do you practice any self-care at work? What are your favourite things to do to ensure mind and body wellness at work? Let us know!

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Poor Management Skills Are Causing Your Staff to Leave

It is estimated that over 50% of the UK workforce will look for a new job in 2019.

‘Why is that?’ we hear you ask. Well, if we’re being completely honest, it might be down to your poor management skills. Today on the Blue Glove Jobs blog, we’re looking at why your actions may be the reason for your staff members leaving and what you can do to prevent it.

Face it, your staff aren’t going to stick around forever.

It’s unusual nowadays for a worker to stick around in the same organisation for years. You don’t see the 5/10/15+ year awards presented by companies as often as you used to. That’s because the average employee stays with a company for 4.6 years. People’s interests change. Some people just fancy a change of career. Others will leave to pursue their own business dreams or to start a family. Your staff aren’t going to stick around forever and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

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Staff Don’t Leave Jobs, They Leave Managers.

This is something we recently discussed on Blue Glove Jobs. You can read that post here: BGJ Blog “Staff Don’t Leave Jobs, They Leave Managers”.

We would tell you to try not to take offence to this but we understand that it can be hurtful. If you think you were a good manager, fair and offered great opportunities to staff, and then they leave, it’s easy to feel a bit hurt. You have to remember that that’s YOUR opinion of you. You might think you are a great manager, but in reality, you do probably have some flaws too. What your employees think of you is a completely different ball game altogether.

Your Poor Management Skills Are Causing Staff to Leave.

The one factor that let’s most ‘managers’ down is their management skills which is a bit ironic, really. The number one reason for employees leaving is poor management and poor management practices can have a significantly damaging impact on employee morale, engagement, productivity and job satisfaction. If you can’t manage a team effectively, don’t be surprised if it starts to fall to pieces.

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Other than Poor Management Skills, What Else Causes Your Staff To Hand in Their Notice?

Alongside poor management practices, other common factors that employees say caused them to quit their jobs are: bullying, micro-management and feeling trapped or under pressure stay. Others reported aggressive and threatening behaviour from their managers during recent employment. Unsurprisingly, pay is a big factor why people leave jobs, too. So, if you’re expecting too much but paying too little, you should expect your staff to leave too.


Have you quit your job before? What caused you to hand in your notice? 

Let us know in the comments! If you’re in need of a new job in the dental industry, hit the image below to begin your search.

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