Niche industry networking is vital for dental office professionals as it often can be a lonely job.
Typically, dental staffers are not engaged in those interesting conversations readily shared in other professions. Instead, the focus is usually on building a trusting relationship with the patient in the dental chair.
A dental practice staffer may spend a lot of time alone in an office preparing and submitting paperwork. Stress can arise from run-of-the-mill drama common in other close-proximity workplace situations. Worse, it can spread to others in the dental practice, contributing to poor morale, as nearby staff are pulled into yet another time-wasting, workplace drama.
And here’s another pernicious morale-buster: Due to confidentiality concerns, there are limits on what can be appropriately shared among dental practice staff.
Never underestimate the beneficial morale boost of chitchatting with other dental office managers in your sphere of influence. Attending dental practice networking events, such as those events sponsored by the American Association of Dental Practice Managers, can make a lasting impact, because it contributes to a more collegial workplace atmosphere.
Just as in other professions, networking within the dental practice industry is an effective way to build a smoothly operating dental practice, while at the same time avoiding the risk of internal stresses leaking out to the community at large.
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