How to respond to third-party harassment
You have a responsibility to respond quickly and firmly to situations involving outside predators. It all starts with the employee handbook.
Harassment in the workplace lowers morale, reduces productivity and otherwise upsets employees. It can take the form of unwanted flirtation, forced touching or inappropriate jokes about an employee’s religion, race or gender. It could involve an unwillingness of someone to work with, for example, a sight-impaired employee. Harassment also can occur when someone inappropriately contacts […]
Wield your influence
What a veterinary nurse says and does can make the difference between a pet owner following a recommended treatment plan or rejecting it altogether.
The veterinary nurse and every other team member has an important role in client compliance. But first, what is compliance? By our definition, compliance is the extent to which pets receive the services and treatments that have been recommended by the veterinary team, from preventive care to more complex medical treatments and procedures. Adherence, on […]
Bricks and clicks
Veterinary medicine will be in a world of hurt if it doesn’t embrace new and better ways of serving pets and clients.
Pet owners call your practice, make an appointment, drive to your hospital and wait in the lobby. We see them once a year if we’re lucky. By some estimates, half the pets in the U.S. won’t see a veterinarian this year. We then have maybe 20 minutes to address the presenting complaint and hopefully squeeze […]
Wholeness and self-compassion
Go With the Flow
Finding peace in the present means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.
What does it mean to be fully present, both at work and at home? How does the quality of our presence impact our happiness, our relationships, our resilience and our sense of peace? These are incredibly important questions for us to be asking. That’s because, based on our experience and what we’re continually learning about […]
It’s your move
Employee noncompete agreements aren’t always enforceable, especially if time and geographic limits are too broad.
Have you ever recruited the perfect job candidate only to find he had a noncompete agreement with a current or former employer? At a time when unemployment rates are low, the situation can be particularly frustrating. A common assumption is that legal liability for breaching a noncompete falls on the employee. Unfortunately, that’s not always […]
Let’s get to work
Politics and Policy
What does the pet health care industry want to do about acute shortages of veterinarians and nurses?
The last public debate about the number of veterinarians in America took place more than four years ago in Denver at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting. I won’t forget it for two reasons. I debated three people: Drs. Paul Pion, Jim Wilson and Dennis McCurnin. A one-on-three debate is always interesting. But what […]
Practice without prejudice
Discrimination in the workplace takes many forms and is destructive emotionally, mentally and physically.
I read a blog post by a Hispanic veterinarian who shared her experience of navigating racial and gender discrimination in practice. I found myself nodding along at her story and pondering all the similar stories I have heard over the years from practitioners who said clients told them their animals “didn’t like [insert group of […]
Talk the Talk
Confident financial conversations are a team effort and serve to prioritize the pet.
Ten years ago, I gave a conference presentation on the still-relevant topic “Talking to Clients About Treatment Plans and Fees.” The catalyst for this article is what I’ve witnessed recently while working with several excellent practice teams: a focus on giving options to clients and saving money rather than concentrating on patient advocacy and the […]
Make every post count
A passive approach to Facebook won’t win you any fans. You need to engage with your audience through content that is fresh, inviting and enjoyable.
Facebook isn’t just a social media platform, it’s THE social media platform. Despite recent tremors that have invoked fundamental questions as to what responsibility Facebook has to monitor both users and content, Facebook users worldwide have steadily increased every year since 2008. In fact, as of the third quarter of 2018, Facebook had 2.27 billion […]
Brush up on workers’ comp
Protect and Defend
Your practice’s injury history goes a long way in determining insurance costs, but a good risk-management program can pay off down the line.
Workers’ compensation insurance is a form of no-fault coverage developed specifically to provide medical and wage-replacement benefits to employees who are injured or become ill on the job. In addition, injured employees might be eligible for temporary or permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation or death benefits. In exchange, employees surrender their right to bring negligence claims […]