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(October 26, 2010) One in three dentists doesn’t bother to conduct employee reviews, revealed this dentist survey. Some feel guilty for not doing them, while others feel the lack of performance reviews actually improves the workplace.
Most dentists who conduct reviews do so on a yearly basis.
- 40% do reviews about once a year.
- 3% do reviews about twice a year.
- 3% do reviews about four times a year.
- 20% do reviews sometimes, but not very regularly.
- 20% don't do reviews, but feel bad about that.
- 13% don't do reviews, and are happy about that.
Informal reviews are gooddental management
- “I only have two employees so reviews are done informally and as often as I note something that is good or that needs work.” (Texas dentist)
- “If there's a problem, I tell the individual, or make a general statement to everyone about a given subject. If kudos are warranted, everybody is told about it.” (California dentist)
There’s a place for regular reviews
- “I feel it is a great chance for the Dr. and their employees to get on the same page when it comes to performance. It does not have to mean that there is going to be a raise or bonus but a chance for the Dr. to talk to his her employee and let them know what they have been thinking about. It does not happen here anymore, and it does make me question why???” (General dentist)
- “Formal reviews annually.” (Indiana orthodontist)
No love for employee reviews
- “I hate them; you just say the same thing over and over to the employee.” (North Carolina dentist)
- “It's a painful but necessary process.” (Michigan dentist)
- “It puts a lot of stress on the office, and the employees do not always improve and cop an attitude.” (Michigan pediatric dentist)
Reviews are better when not correlated with compensation
- “We do reviews, but the team is clear that reviews and pay increase are not necessarily connected. Reviews do not mean raises. It allow the reviews to be done more often, and I also find the team more receptive as they are looking for the feedback rather than waiting to hear what they are getting monetarily.” (New Jersey dentist)
Note: Survey sample included 30 respondents. Posted 10/26/2010