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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~ Anonymous 

The signs are everywhere – in storefront windows, on blinking signs along the road, on countless job boards and job-hunting websites. 

“We’re hiring.”

So where is everyone? 

It’s tough out there, and according to our SmartBox fall survey, dentists are struggling to find staff and keep the employees they have happy. Many (nearly 50%) of you have given raises, added bonuses to end-of-year budgets, offered CE, and so on. But the crunch is still present. You’re tired, stressed out, and can’t compete with remote jobs that pay the same or more. 

Until things shift, and they will at some point down the road, how are you going to manage? Can you really keep going at your pace? Is your staff willing to be run ragged trying to keep up? Or are you starting to see cracks in their energy and your schedule? What a crummy combination to have to deal with. 

There is a remedy for this exhausting cycle. And it’s a combination of practice culture and quality patient attraction. Practice culture keeps your team happy and feeling valued (even if overworked). Quality patient attraction begins to free you from high-volume, low-value cases that have you scrambling for chairs when demand is high, and looking to make up for lost profit when things slow down. 

If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of the story about Dr. Ben Watson, we encourage you to take a break, if you can, and read it. He finally cracked and overhauled his business methods, and now he’s positioned for continuous profit that isn’t wearing him out. In fact, he bumped up his monthly collections by $215,000. That’s not a typo. It’s his reality. Make it yours.       

Like this topic? Here is another recommended reading:

He was Struggling with Low Profits, Then He Became a Revenue Machine


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