Preparing Your Practice for the Holidays

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holidays in facilityThe holiday season is here, which means celebration, travel, and showing appreciation to all of the important people in your life. It’s time to deck the halls of your practice and get ready for all of the merry-making of the season. There is more to consider when preparing your practice for the holidays than just how much tinsel is too much or which meat to serve at the holiday staff luncheon. Here are a few tips that can help you get ready for the season while keeping your staff and patient morale high.

Leave Extra Openings in Your Appointment Schedule

For many, the holiday season requires travel, shopping, hosting holiday celebrations, and attending parties. Unexpected illnesses and injuries can put a damper on the festivities, and appointment schedules are often already booked solid. Add a few extra openings in your schedule to handle last-minute emergencies and help keep your patients healthy and happy to celebrate the season.

Create a Fair Holiday Rotation for Staff

Nothing puts a damper on office morale like frustrated employees who feel as if they are being treated unfairly. One of the biggest office conflicts around the holiday season is the staff rotation. Holiday parties, children’s performances, and travel schedules can make the usual scheduling a bit more complicated. When it seems like the usual suspects always get the “good” shifts, it can create chaos. Plan ahead by creating a rotation that is fair for all, ensuring everyone has a fair chance at celebrating the season with their loved ones. Additionally, create an incentive program for those who cover holiday shifts for those who have young children or holiday plans with family.

Be Considerate with Office Celebrations

Being considerate with holiday office décor and celebrations is more than just being politically correct. Understand and acknowledge the holidays that your staff celebrates and strive to keep polarizing images out of your practice. Your staff and patients will truly appreciate your respect for their personal traditions.

Shop Early for Staff and Patient Gifts

Gift giving is a holiday staple for many celebrations. Take time to choose considerate gifts for your staff, starting your search early to find just the right items. If you give small tokens of appreciation to patients visiting during holiday season, try to place orders ahead of time to arrive for the season.

Celebrating the holidays is important for families of all types, including your office family. The season and all of its special days should be enjoyed by your office staff and patients, alike. With advance planning and careful consideration, everyone can have a happier holiday season, both at home and within the practice.

 

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