How many minutes do you lose every day on unproductive tasks that should be handled by someone else? Thirty? Sixty? Ninety? Most likely, you don’t keep track. If you did, it would be entirely too depressing. Consider for a moment what you are doing when you are most productive. I bet it’s what you enjoy doing the most – the dentistry. When you are least productive you are probably handling all of the issues that come with running a practice – e.g. hiring employees, explaining procedures, managing conflict, responding to concerns with patients, paying bills, explaining fees, answering the common everyday questions, and the list goes on.
Certainly, all of the aforementioned duties are part of daily life in a busy dental practice. The problem is that many dentists begin their careers doing various jobs and wearing several hats. Over time, the majority of these responsibilities need to be delegated and managed more effectively by others. But work hoarding is a problem for many practitioners. The consequence is valuable minutes and hours frittered away on …
Revolving door hiring practices - Employees come and go on a regular basis.
Team Trainer – You take it upon yourself to “train” new hires.
In-office IT Expert – You like to “tinker with technology.” When there is a problem with the computers, you believe you must be the information technology expert.
Firefighter –You are continually putting out fires, i.e. dealing with the daily problems, situations, and crises that arise.
Shore up your management systems and you’ll spend far more time and energies on those productive activities that you enjoy the most and will take your practice the furthest.
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