Over the past few months, while offering online VSPN courses, it appears every topic eventually leads to 1) Mission/Vision/Values and 2) well defined job descriptions. Therefore, Goal #3: reviewing and updating job descriptions.
I am of the opinion job descriptions are “living documents,” growing and changing as the employee grows in their career and development. One size job descriptions does not fit all! A newbie veterinary technician’s duties are different than that of a seasoned veterinary technician. Same goes for receptionist and veterinarians. Once the newbie has a couple of years under their belt, their passions and professional goals will be defined; reflected in their performance reviews and upgraded job description. This document is updated to accurately reflect their passion, education, advanced skill set and dedication to client service. Continue reading →
Strategic planning with the team a win/win proposition.
Typically, the thought of creating a strategic plan is daunting and overwhelming. You may consider dividing this project into smaller, bite-size pieces to accomplish this important goal. Read more for valuable statistics, tips on creating a strategic plan and how to involve your team in the process.
Stith Keiser, a dear friend and owner of MyVeterinaryCareer, wrote this about strategic planning and missions;
” Strategic planning starts with developing a fully formed organizational mission. When I first started my business, I remember thinking to myself, ‘I don’t have time to put together a mission statement; I need to make money.’ Contrary to my initial beliefs, studies have shown that businesses that operate with a strategic plan—starting with a mission statement—increase revenue by 10% to 12%. “
Now is a great time to put together your New Year’s Goals and generate a plan. Let’s consider reviewing or creating an employee handbook.
Employee handbooks are great tools, when reviewed annually (as a minimum), used for new employee orientation and updated with team members routinely. Employee handbooks that are sitting on the shelf with dust accumulating are doing no good. Handbooks are living documents that benefit the veterinary owner, business and employee. When properly created and reviewed by an attorney, manuals are a great asset.
Clearly communicates policies to the employee
Ensures company treats employees consistently
Provides legal documentation
Carefully considers policies designed with managers, supervisors and veterinarians
On vacation with my sweetheart, friend and confidant. I thank him, daily.
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Reflections of 2012
Before we move into the New Year, physically and symbolically, it is a good idea to reflect on the past year, and then generate new promises and ideas for the New Year. Fill these out after recalling the past year’s events and experiences. Then create 2013 with full intent of love and self-acceptance.
There is an overwhelming amount of learning to be had!
Your Continuing Education (CE) choices include, but are not limited to: Online courses, state conventions, industry publications, powered-up weekend programs, wet-labs, national conferences, and much more. Truly, there are so many ways for veterinarians, technicians, and managers to maintain their CE. Licensed veterinarians, certified practice managers, and credentialed veterinary technicians may be required to maintain CE and keep records of courses. How do you choose and is there a method to the process? Continue reading →