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Mentoring can boost employee performance and streamline practice performance

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If you’re bringing a new associate into your practice, then you’re thinking about ways to help  him or her blend into the team quickly and easily. That’s a very sensible approach, and one that shouldn’t be limited to associates, but rather should encompass the whole staff. Some places see the mentoring their employees route a great route of helping.

Mentoring is often thought of as “showing the new employee the ropes,” and that’s certainly a big part of the job. Teaching what to do, and not do, is a core function of a good mentor. Even so, he or she also will need to wear a few other hats: sounding board, cheerleader, taskmaster — and friend. Those roles also come in handy with support staff as well and help humanize you as a boss while also ensuring that you are seen as the final arbiter of how things are done.

Through strong lines of communication and goal setting, you can have a practice where everyone is engaged and knows their role in the hierarchy. A good team consists of a group where everyone knows his or her role is of value, and where each person is willing to step outside their assigned zone to help others get the job finished.

I recently wrote about mentoring for Dental Economics. That article focused on onboarding a new associate successfully, but there’s so much more to mentoring. What, for example, would happen if you took a mentoring approach to explore the battles front-desk staff face, or the staffer tasked with filing and following up on, insurance claims, billing, and collections?

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