Five tools for building the dental practice team

Bringing on a new team member can feel like a full-time job. While searching for a candidate whose clinical skills and character will complement the team, you also need to be cognizant of best practices and regulations around employment. And once you’ve identified that great candidate, you need to onboard them effectively. If you’re a dentist who is working double duty as an employer, the process of building your team can be challenging to balance with other obligations.

Through CDA membership, dentists have support in their roles as both practice leaders and employers. Expertise and easy-to-use tools are available online and by phone. From hiring and performance management to policies and employment laws, members can tap into smart solutions, starting with these five.

  1. CDA classified listings
    The association’s website reaches a large audience of the best and brightest in dentistry. At cda.org/jobs, you can submit postings for dentist, hygienist, assistant, lab technician and office staff opportunities in your practice. Classifieds are free for CDA members.

  2. Practice Support guidance
    Need advice on how to write job descriptions, create applications, place help wanted ads, set meal breaks or establish alternative work schedules? CDA’s experienced Practice Support analysts are here to help. Submit your question through the Ask an Expert feature, search for answers to common questions or call an analyst for one-on-one guidance. Get started at cda.org/practicesupport or 800.232.7645.

  3. Associate hiring checklist
    As a new resource designed by the Practice Support team, the Considerations When Hiring an Associate Checklist covers essential employment, regulatory and dental benefit plan factors. With your cda.org login, you can view, download and print the checklist at cda.org/resources, along with a full library of other online checklists, forms and guides.

  4. Sample Employee Manual
    Set new and current team members up for success with clear expectations. CDA’s customizable Sample Employee Manual was developed and reviewed by attorneys for use specifically in dental practices. Updated each year, this template makes it easy to outline and communicate office policies while helping to ensure compliance with state employment laws. Find the easy-to-edit template in the Employment Practices section of Practice Support resources at cda.org/employmentpractices.

  5. Employment Practices Liability
    Members who are Professional Liability policyholders of The Dentists Insurance Company can also apply for Employment Practices Liability. This protection can preserve your peace of mind in the event of a discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment or unfair treatment claim by a staff member or applicant. As an average claim costs $75,000, this coverage is essential for practices with employees. Learn more about or apply for Professional Liability at tdicinsurance.com.

Explore tools designed to support dentists as employers. Start with the online resource library at cda.org/employmentpractices.

Topics: Membership

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Four experienced CDA Practice Support analysts are available to assist members with matters related to dental benefit plans, employment law and human resources, regulatory compliance and practice management. These specialized experts provide one-on-one guidance by email and phone and speak on timely topics at CDA’s biannual education convention. Together they’ve developed a full library of online resources that they expand upon and update throughout the year.

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