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Dental Job Descriptions: Is Your Office Manual Up to Date?

It’s the rare office I enter that has a complete (let alone up to date) office manual. I cannot stress enough how important that dental practices have a concise “how we do things here” manual including clear dental job descriptions. These job descriptions don’t have to be set in stone, but can be updated on a yearly or bi-yearly basis and acknowledged by all employees on the same schedule. That means these descriptions are useful for not only the new dental employee, but the existing dental employees as well. Let's explore the importance of descriptions for dental jobs and what they should include.


1. Why Are Dental Job Descriptions Important for Perspective New Employees?

  • While utilizing dental job boards, the practice can describe the exact expectations to any perspective new employee.
  • Conversely. whether the job post is for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants or dental technicians, candidates can search hiring sites for the type of position they are seeking.

2. Why Are Dental Job Descriptions Important for Your Employees?

  • When your dental employees have a clearly written job description, it eliminates any ambiguity about the practice expectations, and it holds employees accountable for their behavior.
  • Concise job descriptions help to reduce conflict amongst staff members while creating a stronger team atmosphere.
  • Job descriptions provide guidance to the office manager during reviews in order to help those dental professionals in need of improvement.


3. What Job Descriptions Should Include



  • All job descriptions, no matter the position, should be clear and concise.
  • Required qualifications such as any licenses, certifications, etc. need to be stated.
  • Include title and the pay range.  If the employer chooses, the range of pay can be based on specific measurable accomplishments and the interval at which it is reviewed.
  • State the purpose of the position and who the employee would be expected to work alongside.
  • Included basic duties, essential functions, and physical demands.

In summary, job descriptions for dental professional should include all need-to-know information for the position. Hopefully, this is helpful in reducing stress as well as increasing teamwork and productivity in your dental practice.


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that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

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