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Romance Blooms in the Dental Office
Dentists sometimes find love at work, according a recent Wealthy Dentist survey. One of every five dentists admits to becoming romantically involved with a coworker. Though criticized by many as unprofessional, a few dentists find their lifelong partners working at their dental practice.
February 9, 2008 (San Francisco, California) – One of five dentists admitted to dating a coworker or employee at their dental practice (other than their spouse) in a recent Wealthy Dentist survey. Most caution against mixing business with pleasure, but a few happy marriages have been born in the dental office.
Office Affairs Can Be Bad for Business
Many dentists pointed out that romance in the workplace can be a poor business choice. “It’s a very bad idea in the workplace,” commented an endodontist. "There becomes a conflict of interest in a larger workplace when this relationship affects the way the staff member performs their job, for example favoring which dentist gets the new patients,” agreed an Australia dentist.
Some were regretful after the fact. “I won’t ever do it again. It cost me my marriage!” exclaimed a Florida orthodontist. “Stupid," agreed a periodontist.
Gender played a distinct role in a dentist’s experience with office romance. One in four male dentists acknowledged having a romantic relationship with a coworker, while only one in ten female dentists did.
An office affair can leave a dentist open to allegations of sexual harassment. "It’s the best way to demoralize the rest of the staff, and a great way to open the door for sexual harassment if it doesn’t work out," said a New York dentist.
Finding Love at Work
Some dentists took a more realistic view of personal relations. “It happens, because of working in close proximity, but it should be handled in an appropriate, professional manner,” declared an Oregon dentist. “Sounds like fun, but in the long run a bad idea,” a Colorado dentist advised.
Fair coverage demands acknowledging the healthy, happy relationships sometimes formed by coworkers. "I dated my patient coordinator for a year, and we have now been married three years," shared a Massachusetts dentist. "She was my best employee and I was afraid if it didn’t work out I would lose her, but it was the best decision that I have ever made. There is more to life than dentistry!"
Heartbreak in the Office
"While it was quite passionate and enjoyable, it clouded my judgment on some important office dynamics," acknowledged an Illinois dentist about his own office affair. "It almost cost me my office in that it killed morale. Thanks to a great staff, they stuck with me."
“At a time in my life when I needed a sympathetic ear, I found my dental assistant to be loving and caring," said a New York dentist. "My feeling is this: If the relationship is consensual, and the two colleagues can separate business from personal issues, try to make a go of it. My personal life, if kept private from the day to day operations of the office, is my own business."
"I’m not exactly shocked that dentists date coworkers," said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of The Wealthy Dentist. "It’s obviously a bad idea – but it’s equally obvious that people will sometimes give in to temptation!"
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