Dental practice success doesn’t just depend on clinical expertise. As with any thriving business, a happy, confident, and motivated team is key. But if the idea of team building activities brings to mind pictures of cheesy summer camp activities, it’s time to think again.
At Dental Practice Enhancement, we specialize in administrative training and team building. Our team building activities are meaningful – focused on training and implementation of best practices.
Of course, there is also room for fun when it comes to motivating your team. Read on for some effective (not cheesy) ideas to boost morale and comradeship. Then contact us to find out how we can help you build a truly great practice.
1. Hold Weekly Check-Ins
Communication is the foundation of any relationship. But only 7% of US employees feel that communication is timely and effective in their workplaces.
Weekly check-ins are an easy way to make sure that your team feels like they are in the loop. These don’t have to be lengthy meetings. Just ten or fifteen minutes can be enough. At your check-ins, be sure to address:
- Weekly goals
- Successes from the previous week
- Areas of improvement
- Important updates
- Team birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations
Make sure your team gets a chance to make observations and voice their concerns. Employees who feel that they have a say are 4.6 times more likely to be motivated to perform to their highest level.
2. Hold an Awards Ceremony
Employees are motivated when they feel like their hard work and accomplishments are being recognized. Show your appreciation by handing out monthly or quarterly awards. Ceremonies don’t have to be elaborate. Include them in your weekly check-ins, and consider small shows of appreciation, such as a gift card to a local restaurant.
3. Host a Family Outing
Fun office activities can be a bonding experience. But busy moms and dads may not want to take more time away from their families on evenings or weekends. Consider including families and significant others in your team building experience. Depending on the size and needs of your team, schedule fun activities like
- Ax throwing
- A picnic or BBQ
- Dinner at a favorite restaurant
- Mini golfing
4. Volunteer Together
About 30% of Americans volunteer each year. Volunteering together can channel your team’s passion for service and build camaraderie at the same time. Spend time at an animal shelter, enter a 5K, or distribute dental supplies at a local homeless shelter. You might even survey your team to find out what causes they are passionate about!
5. Work with an Expert to Increase Dental Practice Success
A team building service like Dental Practice Enhancement can ensure that your administrative employees are maximizing their potential.
For instance, we can identify problems in the line of communication and help streamline the process. We can train your front office team in the latest software or digital imaging services. And we can help clear up billing issues that may bog your practice down.
Contact Dental Practice Enhancement Today
As we head into the new school year, make a fresh start with your office family, too.
Contact us for more team building ideas or to schedule your coaching session. Reach out online or call us at (833) DPE-FOR-U.