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Improve Your Practice with an Up-To-Date Handbook

Ali Oromchian, JD, LL.M.

A good employee handbook should cover more than thirty individual topics of employment within your dental practice. From benefits to office rules, your employees should be able turn to the handbook to answer their questions. As the owner of the clinic, it's critical that you understand the underlying purpose and use of the handbook. There are also a few sections of the handbook, such as performance measurements and dress code, which can be especially useful tools for you as a manager and owner.

As the employer, your employee handbook will be one of your greatest tools in protecting your business from lawsuits. By clearly stating your company's stance on a variety of employment issues, you are ensuring that there are no questions about your intention to treat your employees with respect and dignity. As part of your on-boarding process, both you and your employee should sign paperwork proving that the new employee received an employee handbook. As you make major changes or additions to the handbook, ensure that each employee signs additional paperwork acknowledging receipt of the edits. Simply by collecting signatures, you are creating an atmosphere of professionalism that will deter litigious employees from pursing legal action against the practice and against you, personally.

By actively using an employee handbook in your practice, you are establishing a baseline set of behaviors - not only for your team, but for yourself. Writing and approving...

DENTAL MANAGEMENT DENTAL LEADERSHIP
DENTAL TRANSITIONS ASSOCIATES / PARTNERSHIPS DENTAL EMPLOYEES
DENTAL ACCOUNTING
DENTAL LEGALITIES
DENTAL FINANCES
DENTAL MARKETING
DENTAL OFFICE DESIGN