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Employers and Employees: A Dental Team Match

I am so excited about the “Working as a Team” series this month, and I hope you are too!

The match between any dental hygiene practitioner and the office we provide services for is paramount to the success of any practice(s). Over my 20 plus years of being a dental healthcare practitioner and spending time as a research enthusiast, I have had the opportunity to experience different office cultures and personalities and participate in multiple personality assessments such as DISC, Myers Briggs, Color Code Personality, and The Flag Page.

More recently, I participated in an evaluation from Custom Dental Solutions taken at home during the COVID-19 shutdown. According to this assessment from Custom Dental Solutions, researching and working behind the scenes are some of my Primary Driving Forces. If you would like to know more about my Primary Driving Forces, feel free to reach out.

When I took the DISC assessment over a decade ago, I am sure my answers then are different from the more recent assessment. People change, grow, and become more self-aware and more educated on what matters to them most. How you view yourself can have a profound effect on the way you lead your life and how others perceive you.

Healthcare professionals go to school to improve patient lives, and one of the many roles of dental hygienists is to help prevent oral disease progression so patients can live a better quality of life and confidence in their smile. One way to do this is by building a rapport, friendships, and trust with patients and team members. Knowing more about yourself will help you understand how to improve interaction with patients and other team members. Once you know the different personalities and how others operate, you will have a better understanding of how to communicate with others without conflict in order to be more receptive, respected, and more cohesive.

One example you may see is some team members are quick to react and confront a situation while others dislike being confronted and may need more time to process and understand the scope of the situation. In another example, one team member may have excellent phone skills and a high conversion rate for booking appointments but may not thrive in a public speaking type of role in teaching other team members.

Do not worry, even if the dental practice culture is not a perfect fit initially, it is not a waste of time. Take the opportunity to learn new skills, learn about the variety of products and software, and experience relationship-based conversations associated with different personalities that you can take to your next dental practice and/or future endeavors.

If you would like to learn more about personality assessments, check out Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, BS @l

If you would like to hear Corey Jameson-Kuehl, check out these episodes from A Tale of Two Hygienists & the Dental Podcast Network

Being a Leader in Your Office with Corey Jameson-Kuehl from Custom Dental Solutions Episode 18: Your Dental Top 5 with Amanda Hill

DISC Assessment with Corey Jameson-Kuehl from Custom Dental Solutions – Live

Getting to Know your Why – With Corey Jameson-Kuehl – Episode 202

Emotional Intelligence vs. IQ -Episode 217 (Student Roundtable)

Custom Dental Solutions – Episode 4: Dental Assistant Talk with Megen Elliott

Student Focused Presents: Getting in Once You’re Out – Advice For Integrating Into A New Office

Don’t forget to check out the most recent episode on A Tale of Two Hygienists:

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