Taking the BizQuiz? This is the answer to question 6 of "What can a manager do for you?"
According to results from Benchmarks 2006: A Study of Well-Managed Practices, the estimated learning curve is six to seven months for managers with more than two years of management experience, and it's even longer for managers with less experience. A training period is essential. Well-Managed Practices use a variety of resources to develop their managers. These resources include national and regional veterinary management conferences, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, AAHA's Veterinary Management School, the Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University, and Veterinary Economics Managers' Retreat. Also encourage your managers to read practice-management journals and publications including Veterinary Economics, Firstline, and The Harvard Business Review. For more on manager training, see "I save the owner 25 hours a week-and then some."