Due to COVID-19, we are experiencing a time unlike any other that we have faced before, both personally and professionally. If your dental practice is abiding by recommendations, you are dealing with an abundance of uncertainty for the future. This is a true test of resiliency.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
How are you utilizing this time away from patient care? The choices you make now will greatly affect your future. Here are a few tips to help your practice thrive when social distancing ends and patient care resumes.
Utilize online Continuing Education – take advantage of FREE continuing education courses that you and your staff can take from the comfort of your quarantined home.
Equipment maintenance – there is no better time to do some Spring cleaning at your office and make sure your equipment is in tip top shape. Ensure that your shut down will not lead to equipment malfunction from lack of proper procedure.
Keep your team engaged – Your team will be depending on leadership to understand what lies ahead. Utilize online platforms like Zoom or ComeToMeeting for staff meetings to keep them engaged and motivated.
Look for hidden opportunities – How is your community struggling and are there opportunities to rally positive action for those in greater need? Is your hospital running low on PPEs that you, perhaps, have extra to spare? Does your practice have elderly or immunocompromised patients who may be at home with low supplies? There is no shame in promoting your good deeds as it encourages others to do the same. And when employees of that hospital or friends of that immunocompromised patient are looking for a new dental practice in the future, your name will be on their mind.
Practice self care – Be kind to yourself as well. Pause to reflect where you need assistance and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to colleagues and other professional services to help guide you through areas where you are struggling. We are all in this together and the help that they provide you may be exactly what they need to stay calm and motivated.
This is uncharted water for us all. How you choose to utilize this down time will help to determine where you land. Custom Dental Solutions will proudly assist your office through this uncertainty to help you build Success Your Way!