A dental practice today is under a lot of pressure to conform to the new healthcare law that it really takes a major toll on everybody working in the office. In the past everyone just came in did their job and went home. But nowadays most dentists are so stressed out that they don’t even have time to coordinate the entire office to make sure everything is going smooth.
When you see your dental office starting to break down due to lack of cohesion due to all the new rules and regulations it is time to stop what you’re doing, relax and take a few deep breaths. At this point everybody is going to have to get on the same page in order for the dental practice to succeed.
Aside from the dentist being stressed over all the overhead he now has to deal with, the office assistants and nurses feel the pressure too. They also have to comply with new standards, especially office assistants up front who are under enormous pressure to properly file all of the paperwork electronically.
At this time something needs to change in the office and it really has to be the dentist since he is the leader. Although things might be tough financially right now and everybody is going through a lot of stress, it may be a good idea to close the office down for a few during the day each week where all of you can just unwind and go out for lunch together. This will give you a great chance to bond and also talk about different ways to improve the dental practice.
Everybody is in it together and the office assistants understand how much stress the dentist is under since he has the responsibility to pay everyone while making sure the patients are treated right. It already is enough worry when dealing with patients because you never want to get sued, but now there is added pressure due to new rules and regulations.
Team building in the dental practice is essential for the sanity of everyone involved if you want everything to run smooth. Although things will never be the same again, at least you can fine a way to streamline the business as well as look for new revenue sources that can help the office stay afloat. Whatever happens you are all still a team and must function like one in order for patients not to feel stressed out too.