Many dentists have been put in the unpleasant position of having to terminate a member of their dental team. We know it’s tempting to want to push the incident out of your mind as soon as the termination is over, but your existing team will likely be nervous or distressed and you’ll need to reach out to them.
After watching one of their coworkers be terminated, your existing team will likely be concerned about their own jobs. This is why it’s so important for you to call a meeting after a termination and provide reassurance to your team. Not only will your team feel better about their own jobs, but they’ll also benefit greatly from the positive reinforcement this meeting will provide them.
There’s a good chance that an employee who needs to be terminated will have become a problem in the weeks or even months prior to their termination. Not only will this negatively affect the day-to-day routine in your dental practice, but it can also cause the other relationships between the employees and yourself to become strained. No one functions well in a work situation that’s become problematic. Once the employee is terminated, you need to immediately rid the office of any negativity. Reconnect the members of your team and provide each of them with positive feedback.
It’s very important to have things back to normal in the office before replacing the position with a new employee. Otherwise there may still be unsettled feelings within the existing staff. You want to make sure a new team member feels welcomed instead of isolated.
It’s never easy to let go of a member of your dental team. But if you handle the situation effectively and positively, this can help make your team even stronger instead of widening the gap.
For any concerns regarding your dental practice, please contact CTC Associates!