National Dental Hygiene Week…Belated!
It’s April, and an important month for dental offices here in the U.S. From April 7-14, we celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week to remind us all how we couldn’t be as effective a team without them. It’s the month where we conduct a week-long celebration in honor of the professionals for their valuable contribution to our dental practices. This year is a little bit different for all of us due to the COVID-19 closures throughout the United States. We didn’t have the chance to throw the usual Dental Hygienist appreciation lunches and events.
Many of us are struggling through office closures, creating loss of revenue, and staff. Perhaps now, more than ever, is a great time to let our Dental Hygienists know how much they are appreciated. During regular business, our Dental Hygienists perform essential functions in the office, from providing patient education, creating dental health awareness in the community, periodontal treatment and radiographs. Dental Hygienists are our partners in promoting dental well-being and because we appreciate the hard work they do, let’s not forget to show how much we value them.
Below are some ways you can celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week all month long!
Celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week With Your Staff:
1. Make It Visible
Make your appreciation as visible as possible. If your clinic is closed, you can set up a banner outside your office celebrating your Hygienists, showing them how much you appreciate them especially in this time of uncertainty. You can send them personalized emails or cards, making it as personal as possible. These are the team members who invest in your Dental Office and your patients as much as you do.
2. Make It Personal
Take the time to create a special thank you on social media for everyone to see, Team members and patients as well. You can set up an individual phone meeting with each Hygienist, to express your gratitude. Or you can send a special email to each of them, thanking them for the work they do. It doesn’t have to be a long email, just a short but heartfelt note from you will be much appreciated.
A special communication from their boss not only shows that you care about your staff individually, but it can provide some much-needed encouragement in a time of difficulty for so many.
3. Make It A Celebration
In former times, a great way of celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week was to take everyone in the dental team out for lunch. It’s a great way for everyone to bond together and at the same time show your Dental Hygienists how grateful you are for their work. During current social distancing measures, this isn’t possible, but you can still make it a party!
Schedule a zoom meeting, and encourage your Team to find some fun games you can all play over the computer. Buy some balloons to liven up your background! Keep the mood celebratory for boosting morale, and give your Team a fun event to look forward to during social isolation.
4. Make It Special
While a heartfelt thank-you is an excellent idea, it’s always better if you can back it up with a small token or gift. Gift cards are always welcome, especially if it’s for a favorite store or restaurant! Include it in the card you send.
During this season of social distancing, many florists are offering non-contact deliveries. Try ordering a wrapped bouquet or potted plant for your Dental Hygiene staff, and having it delivered to their door! Nothing boosts the spirits like a fragrant and lush floral arrangement to brighten the homes that we are all spending so much time in.
5. Give Out Bonuses
These are difficult times for all of us. Your business might even be struggling to make ends meet right now. But if your business is secure, and you have a bit of a cushion to fall back on, consider giving out small bonuses to your Dental Hygiene staff.
It can be difficult and scary to be out of work in such an unsure time. A bonus not only tells your staff that you appreciate them, but that you’re looking forward to working with them again in the future.
Celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week with Your Community
1. Host A Giveaway
As we are social distancing, and only dental emergencies are qualifying for treatment right now, it puts a lot of distance between us and our patients. Gather up a few Dental Hygiene themed toys and trinkets: print out stickers or bookmarks for National Dental Hygienist Week, include some healthy snacks and a dental themed mug. Make a cute basket, and host a giveaway on social media!
Hosting a giveaway for National Dental Hygienist Week not only boosts your engagement on social media (which is where most of our patients are hanging out these days!), it can also be a fun way to show your Hygienists that you’re still thinking of them! Including helpful diagrams and educational pamphlets on proper oral hygiene can also make this an educational moment for your social media audience! It’s a win-win.
2. Post Dental Hygiene Awareness Posts
Most of our patients are spending a lot more time in front of a screen lately. It’s a good idea to meet them where they are! Announce that your Dental Office is celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week all month long! Share photos of your Dental Hygiene staff. Write a short post about how much you appreciate them, and ask their patients to post their love and appreciation for them in the comments!
This is a great opportunity to not only show your Team you care, but they can feel the love from some of their favorite patients, too! Plus, posts that offer an interactive call to action will boost your businesses social media presence and engagement! Another win-win.
3. Add A Blurb to Your Newsletter
When emailing your patients, add a blurb about the special season you’re celebrating. It helps if you can make everyone aware of it, so they can join in with you. You can add a photo and a quick highlight on the value of each Dental Hygienist in your office. Tell your audience why you love your staff, and how much you appreciate their hard work. People who feel valued are happier, more loyal, and perform better in their jobs.
Even though National Dental Hygienist Week is technically over, we still have lots of time to show the Dental Hygienists that we care!
Are you a Dental Hygienist that has recently been laid off due to Covid-19 closures? Do you wish you had a fulfilling job, where your boss valued you as a Dental Hygienist? We’ve got you covered! We have job listings from all over the United States, just waiting for you to apply! Upload your resume and search job posts TODAY.
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