Carin Smith, DVM
Work is a place where people go to get a job done. Hopefully, they like it. Jobs don't exist (primarily) for personal growth, although good employers provide a positive environment for employee development. Smart employers invest in the development of their employees - - the team. That includes honoring diversity. Employers also must keep the business healthy; their employees are hired to do a job. How can employers do both?
Typically, veterinary teams describe value in terms of veterinarian time or the equipment or technology used. In contrast, clients think of value in terms of the health of the pet. In this session you will learn and practice new ways to describe the value of your recommendation in ways that are more meaningful to clients.
What motivates individuals to perform, and how can you improve their responses to a request to do more? Attendees will explore facets of motivation and evaluate how they may unwittingly shut down enthusiasm.
The economic slump has caused many to realize they must focus less on gut feelings and more on measurement. Whether your hospital is doing well or has flat growth, you must measure your current and future status in order to effectively grow. Evidence-based management is the key to your success.
This session starts with a discussion of the various definitions of 'client retention,' including a variety of parameters one can measure with regard to retention. Attendees will define the aspects of client retention most critical to their own hospital, then explore the various factors that might affect retention.
Managers often look to individuals when a problem occurs. When that doesn't work, or when problems repeat, a system problem could exist. In this session attendees will explore operations, facility design, and processes that can affect production and camaraderie at work.