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    5 ways to ensure your dental staff has a great holiday season

    From throwing a holiday party to giving your employees some well-deserved time off, here are some tips to keep your staff in the holiday spirit.



    1. Money

    Aka cold, hard cash. Do you think that your staff wants boxes of candy or old presents you’re trying to regift? Guess again. They want what everyone wants — some extra money in their pocket. No need to wait in long lines to return this gift after the holidays. And don’t give them a gift card; it limits what they can purchase and isn’t appreciated as much as cash.

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    True story: One year my boss gave all of us gift cards for dinner and a movie. This was a $50 card. But guess what? It really wasn’t worth $50 once you had to have the fees to use the card deducted. It wasn’t going to pay for two people to see a movie, let alone $25 for two for dinner? When I drew attention to this issue, I was told by my boss, “I don’t care. We wanted to give you dinner and a movie, and the fact that you aren’t getting $50 value from it doesn’t matter to us.” That was like a slap in the face. Why give a gift that says it is $50 in value but is really only $44? Why does another company get that $6 instead of your staff? It wasn’t about the staff; it was about what management thought they wanted to give. (Don’t let the facts get in the way!)


    Lisa Newburger, LISW-S
    Lisa Newburger, a master's level social worker supervisor, helps audiences find humor in talking about tough topics. Her "in-your-face" ...


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