A dental office that values inclusivity is a welcoming and supportive environment for patients and team members alike. In order to create this type of workplace, it’s important to think about the various ways people might feel excluded. In this post, we will share some tips on how you can make your dental office inclusive for everyone who walks through the door!
One way to support an inclusive dental workplace is by encouraging diversity. In order for a team to be truly supportive of all patients, they need to include people from different backgrounds and experiences. A diverse workforce will lead towards better understanding between patients as well as build camaraderie among staff members who are working together toward the same goal—a healthy and happy team. In order to create diversity, it’s important for both you and your staff members to be open-minded when meeting new people from different cultures or backgrounds.
Your dental office can also support an inclusive environment by encouraging equality among patients as well as the entire workforce. Inequality between employees is not only unfair but is also a source of stress that can impact overall patient satisfaction. In order to create equality in your dental practice, make sure you are providing equal opportunities for career advancement and pay raises based on performance rather than gender or race. In addition, if one team member is struggling with their workload, it’s important to support them by making adjustments so they can succeed. In this way, everyone on your team will feel equal and valued!
Here are some tips on how to support an inclusive work environment and how to avoid exclusion:
1) Remember that everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses (including you) that need accommodating based on the situation/disability etc.
2) Make sure people know about any policies related to exclusionary practices such as dress codes.
3) Encourage employees who might feel isolated or targeted - tell them what formal mechanisms exist and where they can make a complaint if they feel discriminated against.
4) Be mindful when making decisions about who will be included in certain tasks or projects; Ask yourself if there might be any barriers preventing someone from doing their job effectively (i.e., lack of experience), then eliminate these before asking them to do anything else at work besides what was requested
5) Provide training as well as ongoing coaching so employees feel supported even outside typical business hours.
Making your dental office inclusive for everyone is a thoughtful, intentional process. The experiences of the team members and patients will vary greatly depending on their gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, culture, size, ability level (vision impairment), age group (children), religion/spirituality- so it’s important to think about how you can create an environment that feels welcoming for all people. We hope the list of tips we have provided will empower you in building an environment where people are treated with dignity and respect no matter what their background or experience level may be.
If your dental office is not inclusive, it’s time to take action! Our team of experts can help you create an inclusivity guide that will make your workplace more accessible for everyone who walks through the door. Did any of these tips resonate with you or do you need some advice on what else should be included in an inclusive dental practice? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today!