Often the best people on your staff are those who are interested in developing themselves. Although the size of your office may limit the advancement opportunities, you often can retain employees by providing ongoing training that expands their knowledge and expertise.
The first place to look for continuing education is the local dental society. Most of the societies have at least an annual training session, usually at their conventions.
In addition to dental education, there's another whole way to approach training. Community colleges have a tremendous resource of programs. They often have excellent programs on improving computer skills, communications and medical terminology.
Should You Pay for Continuing Ed?
For courses required of the employee, the employer usually pays for both the course and the employee's time. For courses that are relevant to but not required for the job, the employer will usually pay for the courses but not for the employee's time.
Many employers have a policy in place that stipulates they will pay 50 percent of the course when an employee enrolls and the other 50 percent once the course is completed. This keeps the employee accountable for attending and completing the training.