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Lisa Newburger, a master's level social worker supervisor, helps audiences find humor in talking about tough topics. Her "in-your-face" style of presentations and writing will make you smile or just shock you into taking some action. Either way, she is very effective at empowering others to reach their goals and feel better about themselves. Her entertaining workshops are available for national and international audiences. Writing for the dental industry since 2010, she uses an alterego (Diana Directive) to illustrate her points in a sarcastic but effective way. Presentations can be scheduled by contacting Lisa at www.discussdirectives.com/dental.html.
Does this question keep you up at night? Or do you lie there wondering about your job security? Maybe you’re questioning why you’re not getting a raise? To the latter question, I can certainly relate.
Does this question keep you up at night?
Or do you lie there wondering about your job security? Maybe you’re questioning why you’re not getting a raise? To the latter question, I can certainly relate.
I want a raise! I deserve it. That was what I thought. But when I approached my boss, her question to me was, “Why? Why should you get a raise?”
It’s a valid question. Why should you get a raise? I’d love to just respond, “Why not?” But I’m guessing that’s not the best answer. Instead, I went to the experts.
What I learned was that the question you should be asking prior to worrying about a raise is this: How valuable are you to your dental practice? I sought the experts’ input and asked them just what makes an employee valuable … valuable to the point of eventually getting a raise.
At day’s end, when you understand your value as an employee, whether you have job security or are facing a potential job loss beyond your control, knowing your value can help you thrive or bounce back despite the outcome.
Continue to the next page to see a checklist to help you determine your value as an employee. Check off which ones apply to you.
How many of those 15 items do you already do? There is no score card for you to get a final answer as to how valuable you are. You have to figure that out. Play nice in the sandbox and figure out how to bring more money into the practice (as well as save money for the practice).
What’s important is that you start evaluating your worth. After all, if you don’t know what your value is, how are you going to convince your boss of how valuable you are?
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