Category Archives: Classics

Don’t Tell Employees Why the Company Culture is Great

One of the challenges of the hiring process is determining if a prospective employee is a good fit into their company culture, and then to immerse the employee in that culture when they start. Some organizations are addressing this challenge by starting what’s being called cultural immersion programs. These are programs where the new employee gets a crash course in the cultural values of that company. Some companies have created very innovative culture immersion programs with one notable example being Cirrus Logic. Read on for more details on how Cirrus Logic created a very fun and effective culture camp and advice on the best ways to create a successful company cultural program.

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To Tell or Not To Tell… What would you do?

I consulted with a job seeker over the phone recently. The question she asked was one I have heard many times before. For privacy, I’ll call her Audrey. Audrey will be moving out of state in 12 months, but she is currently interviewing with several dental offices for a full time job where she’s living now. Her question to me is this: Should she tell her potential employer she will be moving, or keep it to herself?

I listened to Audrey, and put myself in her shoes. As she shared, I could hear her talking herself in to thinking its okay to protect herself. I could hear her struggle, with bitterness to her tone. Audrey was placing herself first and disregarding what she knew deep down was the right thing to do. After all, our life experiences influence our decisions. In the past Audrey was shocked when she found herself unemployed. Discharged from a job where she received glowing performance reviews. But when revenue fell off, a business decision was made and the last hired was the first to go. Audrey found herself without a job. In her eyes, employees are replaceable, dispensable. There are no guarantees, and the last hired are generally the first to be let go. Audrey is in survival mode. In her mind, she is doing unto her employer as her employer might do unto her. Put yourself in her Audrey’s shoes, and you’ll understand that she needs a paycheck. Continue reading

Get a Grip and Get Organized

There is nothing worse than reviewing a resume and having a fabulous phone pre-screening interview only to learn during the face to face interview that the candidate is not able to back up what you thought to be true. Often times, job candidates will say they have all their certifications, licenses, CEU’s and letters of recommendation, but these documents are in a box somewhere, and they can’t find the box. Something else we hear a lot is that their computer crashed and they can’t retrieve any of their files.

Here at Dental Temps, we’ve heard it all! But the bottom line is this: if you don’t have at your fingertips documentation to support your resume, get a grip and begin now to secure all the documents and get them in one, easily accessible place. If you are someone who is just beginning your career, I’m so happy you are reading this blog. I want to be the first to help you proactively take steps to establish a system that keeps track of all your professional documents and inspires you to continue using and updating the system throughout your career. Believe me when I say that if you show up for the interview and present a folder with all your supporting documents, you will stand out above other candidates.

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How to Handle Politics in the Workplace

Because I’ve only been alive for the last 30 years, I have never experienced a time in which politics was as prevalent as it is now. It seems as if every other conversation or Facebook post or news story is about something going on in United States politics. After experiencing the most historic election in recent history, the country is ablaze with both praise and venom for the current administration. I don’t know about you, but I make it a point to stay as far away from conversations about politics as possible, but I realize that’s really hard to do so right now. 

According to “Office Etiquette: Keep Politics Out” from the Wall Street Journal,” there are appropriate forums to talk about politics, but the workplace is a tricky place to do it well. Article writer Ruth Mantell interviewed Frank Dada , a principal at Winter, Wyman, a Waltham, Mass.-based staffing firm, who said not only are office hours for working, you also never know who’s listening,  “One person said something, and his comment was deemed offensive by someone who was not involved, but was in earshot,” Dada was quoted in the article. “Any time you offend a co-worker, that’s a negative and the consequences can be bad. You never know who you might offend unintentionally, and people have such different viewpoints and very passionate viewpoints about politics.” 

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Dental Stock Photos – PPE Protocol Nightmare

I’m sure you’ve seen the stock photo of the dental team posed in the operatory with masks under their chins, long hair hanging down around face and arms folded with gloved hands. How about the dentist holding the hand piece about to place it in patient’s mouth, but neither the dentist nor the patient are wearing eye protection? Did you ever think to yourself, “That’s breaking personal protective equipment (PPE) protocol?” How about the photo of a patient standing at the front office desk next to a hygienist who is wearing a mask under her chin and holding a clipboard with gloved hands? As a career dental professional, I know these photos portray a scene that’s breaking PPE protocol and should not represent the dental team at work. It’s a challenge to find more than a few stock photos depicting what a working dental office team should look like.

After years of working in the dental industry, I’m keenly aware of PPE and what the dental professional should look like in the operatory and while working in different areas throughout the office. Everyone in the dental industry knows that protocol is strict when it comes to using appropriate protection against health and safety hazards, but for years now, I’ve struggled when reviewing stock photos for our website, blogs and social media posts because I can rarely find accurate photos that include the proper standards.

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