Personal After-Effects of a Pandemic
Updated: Oct 29
Who are you since I came around?
If COVID-19 were to ask you this question, what would you say?
Well, I am a wife, mother, daughter, nana, friend, and employee.
Since COVID-19 decided to change the world as we know it, I’ve remembered to stop and smell the roses, enjoy the little things in life, and not sweat the big ones.
This may sound easy for many of you, but I assure you it is not easy for me.
As I consider the personal after-effects of a pandemic, these past few weeks have allowed me time to stop always trying to be in control.
Heck, I had no choice. Who is really in control?
If you just thought to yourself, “I am in control,” well, think again.
Life as we have known it may never be the same.
It can be better going forward if you have an open heart and mind.
We all want to get back to business and see things back to running like a well-oiled machine.
Getting everyone back to work and filling up the schedule will most likely be our focus.
Remember, we need to schedule it – to produce it – so we can collect it, right?
Although that’s the way it is supposed to go (and likely will,) we also need to remember we all have this rollercoaster inside of us called emotions.
When we’re reopening the office, we need to be considerate of the team members’ feelings.
Many staff members have children, and some states are not reopening the schools until next year.
Have you thought about how a general lack of childcare services is going to affect your team and daily operations?
Helping your team members cope with the after-effects of a pandemic
You don’t want to lose good team members over things they can’t control.
Schedule a weekly team call and check in with everyone to see how they’re feeling.
Talk with your doctor to see if you can come up with a creative (and flexible) schedule to accommodate your staff who are struggling without childcare and teaching their children at home.
This new routine can have a temporary time frame that may last a few weeks up to several months.
I’ve had my thinking cap on all day trying to be creative, flexible, and think outside of the box, knowing there will come a day, we will be able to look back on this knowing we survived a pandemic.
Stay positive! We are AADOM tribe strong!
*As Published with AADOM
Carla Collier, Consultant
Carla’s journey in Dentistry has been vast and covering over 19 years of dedication and support to both patients and dental offices. For doctors and staff, Carla has helped dental offices build from the ground up while maintaining staff without turnover and promoting teamwork. Carla uses her vast experience in the profession to implement systems for dental practice growth and team building which is extremely important. She is also very good in nurturing long-lasting patient relations.
Carla can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org