A preliminary study of staff meetings as viewed by dental hygienists

David G Dunning, Patrick Anderson, Daniel Ellingson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Staff meetings in general dental practices represent what is believed to be a key management strategy to build teams and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. However, very little research has been done regarding staff meetings in dental offices. This study examined staff meetings from the viewpoint of dental hygienists who grow in unique careers in that they work largely independently of the dentist and yet typically within a dental practice while providing patient care and education. One-hundred-six dental hygienists completed a survey about staff meetings in dental offices. Key findings include: only approximately 43% of dental offices conduct morning huddles to get the day off to a smooth and organized start, 72% of dental practices conduct longer staff meetings with largely positive outcomes, including increasing practice efficiency and productivity, few practices (12%) hold specific meetings only for the hygiene-department (and probably thereby miss some opportunities for practice improvement), the most important variable by far to hygienists' job satisfaction is respect from the owner-dentist, and there exists an important and synergistic relationship among job satisfaction, relationships with other staff and relationship with the owner-dentist. Copyright:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalDental Hypotheses
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Fingerprint

Dental Hygienists
Dental Offices
Dentists
Job Satisfaction
Efficiency
Tooth
Dental General Practices
Patient Education
Hygiene
Patient Care
Research

Keywords

  • Administration
  • Dental
  • Job satisfaction
  • Leadership
  • Meetings
  • Practice Management
  • Staff, Hygienists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

Cite this

A preliminary study of staff meetings as viewed by dental hygienists. / Dunning, David G; Anderson, Patrick; Ellingson, Daniel.

In: Dental Hypotheses, Vol. 2, No. 4, 01.10.2011, p. 237-246.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dunning, David G ; Anderson, Patrick ; Ellingson, Daniel. / A preliminary study of staff meetings as viewed by dental hygienists. In: Dental Hypotheses. 2011 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 237-246.
@article{e80cac3c139749b6bb50eceb068e8e45,
title = "A preliminary study of staff meetings as viewed by dental hygienists",
abstract = "Staff meetings in general dental practices represent what is believed to be a key management strategy to build teams and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. However, very little research has been done regarding staff meetings in dental offices. This study examined staff meetings from the viewpoint of dental hygienists who grow in unique careers in that they work largely independently of the dentist and yet typically within a dental practice while providing patient care and education. One-hundred-six dental hygienists completed a survey about staff meetings in dental offices. Key findings include: only approximately 43{\%} of dental offices conduct morning huddles to get the day off to a smooth and organized start, 72{\%} of dental practices conduct longer staff meetings with largely positive outcomes, including increasing practice efficiency and productivity, few practices (12{\%}) hold specific meetings only for the hygiene-department (and probably thereby miss some opportunities for practice improvement), the most important variable by far to hygienists' job satisfaction is respect from the owner-dentist, and there exists an important and synergistic relationship among job satisfaction, relationships with other staff and relationship with the owner-dentist. Copyright:",
keywords = "Administration, Dental, Job satisfaction, Leadership, Meetings, Practice Management, Staff, Hygienists",
author = "Dunning, {David G} and Patrick Anderson and Daniel Ellingson",
year = "2011",
month = "10",
day = "1",
doi = "10.5436/j.dehy.2011.2.00049",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "2",
pages = "237--246",
journal = "Dental Hypotheses",
issn = "2155-8213",
publisher = "Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - A preliminary study of staff meetings as viewed by dental hygienists

AU - Dunning, David G

AU - Anderson, Patrick

AU - Ellingson, Daniel

PY - 2011/10/1

Y1 - 2011/10/1

N2 - Staff meetings in general dental practices represent what is believed to be a key management strategy to build teams and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. However, very little research has been done regarding staff meetings in dental offices. This study examined staff meetings from the viewpoint of dental hygienists who grow in unique careers in that they work largely independently of the dentist and yet typically within a dental practice while providing patient care and education. One-hundred-six dental hygienists completed a survey about staff meetings in dental offices. Key findings include: only approximately 43% of dental offices conduct morning huddles to get the day off to a smooth and organized start, 72% of dental practices conduct longer staff meetings with largely positive outcomes, including increasing practice efficiency and productivity, few practices (12%) hold specific meetings only for the hygiene-department (and probably thereby miss some opportunities for practice improvement), the most important variable by far to hygienists' job satisfaction is respect from the owner-dentist, and there exists an important and synergistic relationship among job satisfaction, relationships with other staff and relationship with the owner-dentist. Copyright:

AB - Staff meetings in general dental practices represent what is believed to be a key management strategy to build teams and to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. However, very little research has been done regarding staff meetings in dental offices. This study examined staff meetings from the viewpoint of dental hygienists who grow in unique careers in that they work largely independently of the dentist and yet typically within a dental practice while providing patient care and education. One-hundred-six dental hygienists completed a survey about staff meetings in dental offices. Key findings include: only approximately 43% of dental offices conduct morning huddles to get the day off to a smooth and organized start, 72% of dental practices conduct longer staff meetings with largely positive outcomes, including increasing practice efficiency and productivity, few practices (12%) hold specific meetings only for the hygiene-department (and probably thereby miss some opportunities for practice improvement), the most important variable by far to hygienists' job satisfaction is respect from the owner-dentist, and there exists an important and synergistic relationship among job satisfaction, relationships with other staff and relationship with the owner-dentist. Copyright:

KW - Administration

KW - Dental

KW - Job satisfaction

KW - Leadership

KW - Meetings

KW - Practice Management

KW - Staff, Hygienists

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84867520936&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84867520936&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.5436/j.dehy.2011.2.00049

DO - 10.5436/j.dehy.2011.2.00049

M3 - Article

VL - 2

SP - 237

EP - 246

JO - Dental Hypotheses

JF - Dental Hypotheses

SN - 2155-8213

IS - 4

ER -