This section will help you to have a successful level training meeting with your dentist.
Scheduling this meeting:
Getting signed off:
This “sign off” is a double responsibility. You won’t be signed off until you know each task thoroughly. Your senior staff person will put her initials and date on your level. When it’s your turn to do the signing off, remember your responsibility. Our clients only deserve the best. If you sign off a new hire as proficient on a task and one of the doctors finds they are still having problems – you will need to justify your approval of this person to the doctor.
Your dentist will sign you off when he believes you have mastered the task. He may want to see examples of your work or simply ask you a few questions about how you do this task. Once you have been signed off on a task by your dentist, then you are responsible to get that done in the practice regularly. Part of your responsibility in the office is to help those who will be following in your footsteps. You have 2 responsibilities to help those “future friends.”
To move effectively through the level system:
The Level System for Career Development
You will have worked at a variety of jobs before you came to this practice. You became used to not knowing what you needed to do to get a raise, or even when you would get a raise. There was most likely little interest in helping you build a career. You learned a set of skills and repeated them with occasional improvements until you were assigned to a new job or you left.
The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them. Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read. Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school. A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “no good ideas.” Werner von Braun failed ninth-grade algebra. Haydn gave up on making a musician of Beethoven, who seemed a slow and plodding man with no apparent talent. There is a lesson in such stories: Different people develop at different rates, and the best motivators are always on the lookout for hidden capacities.
We expect you to want to make a career for yourself. Most of our staff are women who have had jobs, but never had the opportunity to build a career. As a result of working at a series of jobs they never had a chance to develop their skills enough to create the career advancement that provides for significant financial reward for themselves and their families. Now you can. You will need to work hard but you will be rewarded for your efforts.
Since this is such a unique approach to a job, here are suggestions on how to most successfully use the levels for your career development.
Level 1 – 90 days
Level 2 – 180 days
Level 3 – 180 days
Print the outline (list of tasks) of your general and technique manuals to determine how many tasks you need to complete and plan your timeline to accomplish this work. Now get with your team leader or senior staff person. She will help you to understand what you can reasonably expect to accomplish each week, since some tasks will be easier than others.
You will never stub your toe standing still.
The faster you go, the more chance there is of
Stubbing your toe, but the more chance you
have of getting somewhere.
Charles F. Kettering
You can learn new things at any time in your life
if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually
learn to like being a beginner, the whole world
opens up to you.
Credit to Dilbert Calendar:
Projected completion dates
Secretary Chairside Hygienist
You (date) Max You (date) Max You (date) Max
Level 1 _______ 3 months ________ 3 months ________ 5 months
Level 2 _______ 6 months ________ 6 months ________ 6 months
Level 3 _______ 6 months ________ 6 months ________ 6 months
Level 4 _______ 6 months ________ 6 months ________ _______
Level 5 _______ 6 months ________ 6 months ________ _______
Level 6 _______ 6 months ________ 6 months ________ _______
My day to study______________ _____________________
Sometimes level meetings get moved or cancelled due to circumstances that cannot be helped.
“You are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet” – Charlie “TREMENDOUS” Jones, Founder of ExecutiveBooks.com
A study was run in December 2009 by Marshal and Kelly Goldsmith, and published in “Businessweek”. It found that people who were happy at work felt their job was meaningful. These same people felt the same way about their homelife. Surprisingly, the reverse was also true. Those without meaning in their work were not happy – either at work or at home. This means that those who work for a paycheck so that they can have a fun personal life are fooling themselves.
This is a place where being good at what you do helps many people – both your fellow staffers as well as our clients. As you build your career, you’ll gain personal confidence in yourself and the respect of your family and friends.
Finally, after many years with us, our hope is that you will have had a challenging and successful career, have earned and saved enough money to retire when you are ready, and have the good health to enjoy your retirement.
It’s no disgrace to get knocked down – as long as you get up.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
The Final Say
A dentist and her three staff members were walking together when they spied a rusty lamp in the grass.
Hey the secretary said as the dentist picked up the lamp. “That looks like the ancient lamps in the movies. Why don’t you rub it and see what happens?”
The dentist rubbed the lamp, and sure enough, out popped a genie. “Ill grant each of you one wish,” the genie said.
“Ill go first! Shouted the secretary “I want it to be sunny on the deck of my yacht in the Caribbean.” Poof! The secretary disappeared.
“Oh, me next!” shouted the chairside assistant. “I want to be skiing at my lodge in Aspen.” Poof she disappeared.
“My turn, my turn!” Shouted the hygienist. “I want to be hiking on my private estate in Scotland.” Poof! She disappeared.
Finally it was the dentist’s turn. “I want those three back in the office in an hour.”
The moral: Always let the dentist go first.