Dental offices typically witness an increase in patient visits during specific times of the year like holidays and year-end. This is a unique challenge each year as they navigate influxes of patients driven by a variety of factors. Peak seasons, such as back-to-school or the holiday rush, bring an increase in appointments. Simultaneously, many patients often wait until the end of the year to maximize their dental benefits before they expire. Efficiently managing the practice during these influxes can be challenging. That’s where temporary dental professionals come into play, offering a cost-effective and flexible solution to handle the increased patient load during peak season months!
“Many offices we work with use temporary staffing to manage the flood of people trying to hit their max before the end of the year,” said Amanda Splettstoeszer, director of operations with Kwikly. “Even though patients are rushing to get in before the end of the year, we find that is when offices are often most short-handed because their staff have taken time off for the holidays.”
How can temporary staff help offices during peak seasons and year-end rushes?
The expiration of dental benefits at the end of the year and holiday schedules create a rush of appointments for dental offices. These busy times are profitable for practices but can cause extra stress for staff with time off, school schedules, or illness. Temporary professionals can provide the extra capacity necessary to accommodate these patients and ensure your full-time staff has the support they need.
- Flexibility: Temporary dental professionals provide the flexibility needed to manage the increased patient load during peak seasons. You can bring them in when you need them and then decrease usage when the peak season subsides. This ensures you have the right number of hands on deck at all times.
- Efficiency: Hiring full-time staff can be expensive. Temporary dental hygienists and assistants are a cost-effective solution as you only pay for the hours they work. You pay for their services when you need them and avoid the burden of extra salaries, benefits, and overhead costs.
- Expertise: Temporary dental professionals are experienced and well-trained. They can quickly integrate during high-demand periods and help your practice deliver the same high-quality service patients expect year-round.
How can offices make the most of temporary dental professionals during peak seasons and year-end rushes?
Anticipate the upcoming peak season and start planning accordingly. Look ahead at days that might be high volume and put in your requests for a temporary professional early so you can have one lined up and ready in advance. As the demand for dental appointments increases, the demand for dental professionals increases so planning ahead will ensure you have the coverage you need!
For dental practices with consistent peak season surges, consider hiring some temporary professionals as permanent staff members, which can help maintain continuity and avoid constant onboarding or training of professionals. Staffing agencies like Kwikly Dental Staffing not only specialize in temporary staffing, but permanent staffing solutions as well.
Temporary dental professionals play an essential role in helping dental offices navigate peak seasons and year-end rushes effectively. They bring flexibility, cost-efficiency, and expertise to ensure the continued delivery of quality dental care even in the busiest of seasons.
By planning ahead, collaborating with staffing agencies, and integrating temporary professionals seamlessly, your dental practice can provide a reason for patients to smile all year long. Reach out to us at Kwikly Dental Staffing to get prepared for the upcoming peak season and increase in demand from your patients.