Top 5 Onboarding Tips for Dental Practices
First, Why is Onboarding Important?
At Complete Dental Staffing, we hire and onboard dental professionals every day. Our HR Coordinator, who handles our credentialing and onboarding for many of our staff, states “Onboarding is important because I want the new staff member to feel welcome, comfortable, successful on their first day, week, month, etc. I enjoy taking the time to get to know them as I want them to feel they can approach me with any questions going forward. We also take this time to give the new employee a wealth of knowledge on the company and our culture ending with a tour of the facility and introductions to all our team members. This helps them get a deeper understanding of our company and makes them feel a part of the team right off the bat!”
While not every office has a Human Resources team, you can successfully accomplish onboarding as long as you have a solid process in place.
Top 5 Onboarding Tips for Dental Practices
Jun 11, 2021 | News
By Rayanne Johnson
1. Have a Set Onboarding Structure
The Onboarding Process will be the first impression the new employee has for the company. Because of this, it is important to already have a set structure. The harsh reality is a poor onboarding experience is hard to come back from and it’s the fastest way to lose a new employee. It is critical to actively think about the entire onboarding experience when hiring a new employee. When planned effectively, the onboarding process can be a breeze for the new employee and you! Check out our simple, yet effective onboarding checklist here.
2. Provide Company Wide & Job Specific Information
In a recent study, done by the Savannah Group, 95% of participants said access to company information made them more effective in their first few weeks. For all employees, provide them with wide understanding of the practice – culture, values, beliefs, etc. This provides the new employee the chance to ask questions and get a better grasp on the practice. Then we recommend going over role specific information. This will help the new employee get a deeper understanding on their role and why it is important that they are here and what their workdays will look like.
“A poor onboarding experience is hard to come back from and is the fastest way to lose a new employee. It is critical to actively think about the entire candidate experience when hiring a new employee.”
3. Assign an Onboarding Buddy
The Onboarding process can be an exciting and nerve-racking time for a new employee. To help calm some nerves and set up the new employee for success, we recommend selecting an onboarding buddy. In the article, ‘Every New Employee Needs an Onboarding “Buddy“‘ by the Harvard Business Review they go over the many benefits of having an onboarding buddy. One of the key points that we agree with is choosing an onboarding buddy that reports to the same manager. By doing so, the new employee and their buddy will relate to each other and be more familiar to each other’s role.
4. Make them Part of the Team
Making the new employee part of the team is an obvious step in the onboarding process. However, there are a few things that can be done that you may not already be doing that will help the new employee feel a part of the team right from the beginning. The first thing to do, even before starting to search for your new candidate, is to let the current team know why you are hiring for the position and what role they will play. Once the handshake has been made and the new employee is at the practice for their first day, it is vital for introductions be made to everyone on the team. This way they know a little about each of their co-workers and know who they can go to for questions.
5. Make Sure The New Employee is a Good Fit
Lastly, the onboarding process is a great way to tell if the new employee is a good fit. During introductions you can see how they interact with their team and higher management. Are they asking red flag questions? We also recommend gathering feedback from the other employees on the new employee. Hiring a new employee is a large investment. It is important to feel good during this step in the process about your candidate. If something doesn’t seem quite right, it is best to talk about it now to save your (and the companies) time and money.
In today’s market, it’s important to make sure that the employees a company hires are properly screened, vetted, and onboarded. We handle the new employee process from start to finish, to make sure that your (the companies) time is not wasted on candidates who are not going to have all the qualifications needed.
With over 15 years in the Dental Staffing Field, we have created a process that is quick and efficient. This allows us to get new talent processed and ready to work more quickly, with some being able to start the very next day! Our system includes a comprehensive background check, I-9 employment eligibility, license & certification verification’s, and payroll.
Complete Dental Staffing connects and staffs high quality dental professionals with premier dental offices in need of staff to fill permanent and long-term vacancies on their team.
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