Dentistry: The Performance Review Problem

Dentistry's employee performance review problemDentists can’t seem to come to agreement over employee performance reviews. One dentist in three doesn’t conduct employee reviews, revealed this 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, but many don’t have a regular schedule. “If there’s a problem, I tell the individual, or make a general statement to everyone about a given subject,” said one dentist.

Dental employee reviews can be an important part of dental management. “I feel it is a great chance for the doctor and their employees to get on the same page when it comes to performance,” said another dentist. “It does not have to mean that there is going to be a raise or bonus but a chance for the doctor to talk to his her employee and let them know what they have been thinking about.”

“It puts a lot of stress on the office, and the employees do not always improve and cop an attitude,” offered a pediatric dentist with a different dental management standpoint.

“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,” advised one dentist.

Read more: Dentist Employee Reviews: To Conduct or Not To Conduct

About Julie Frey

+Julie Frey is the Editor of blog. She has dedicated her career to Internet marketing and communications, working side-by-side with dental marketing guru Jim Du Molin since 2006. She has a degree in Linguistics from Stanford University, has a passion for language and writing, and lives in San Francisco.


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