Management Tips for Physician Practice Owners

Practice management is the most significant aspect of a well-organized office. The recruiters at SpineSearch know how important it is for a practice to have great management in order to retain employees. This week we will focus on steps you need to take towards effective practice management.

In order to manage your practice well, you have to establish a well drafted manual of policies your employees will follow. Use probationary periods and have a formal hiring process. If you have a system for hiring, you are less likely to hire employees that will not meet the criteria you are looking for. These tasks may seem difficult but there are huge benefits in establishing an office that runs efficiently.

Set up a meeting for your staff and show both new and experienced employees the new policies. Make sure everyone is on board and understands why you are enforcing these policies. Your goal is to create an office environment that is both positive and structured. Your employees need to feel like they are being heard just as much as you need to feel like you are in charge.

Aim for a healthy sense of control; you know what your employees are up to and they feel like they can come to you with any issues or concerns they have about their jobs. Communication goes a long way in an office setting; you can retain employees better if you establish a good working relationship with them.

Practice management can feel like a daunting task, but if you start out with a clear set of standards before you hire your next employee you will see a huge improvement in the overall flow of your office.

Here are four steps to remember:

1) Empower and Inform: Practice owners should monitor employees in a constructive way.
2) Talk and Listen to People: Spend one-on-one time with employees. The more you know about your practice, the better it will function.
3) Let People Work at their Highest Purpose: Give positive reinforcement. Encourage your employees to take on more responsibilities at work.
4) Follow up and Be Consistent: Set specific goals and timelines, have weekly meetings to catch up with what everyone is working on.

Compensate for Talent with Effort: New Graduates

As a new grad you probably feel like you’re outnumbered by candidates who have experience. SpineSearch wants to help you see that making an effort for a new job will impress the employer you are interviewing with. Employers usually want people with some experience, but as a new grad you have your schooling, clinical rotations, and internships to fall back on. Don’t let the employer underestimate you.

Enthusiasm will be your biggest and best advantage over other applicants. You want to show the employer that you chose this profession for a reason—you love it. Showing that you care and how excited you are to work in this field will make an employer think twice before counting you out.
You want to be as prepared as possible for your interview; research the practice or hospital you are looking to apply to, what they specialize in, and if they are right for your line of work.

Sending a “Thank You” card or email (which is much more common these days) goes a long way when interviewing right out of college. The employer appreciates it and will set you apart from candidates who didn’t go the extra mile. The thank you can also act as a follow-up and remind the employer who you are and they will be much more likely to get back to you with a yes or no sooner rather than later.

Compensating for your lack of experience with effort will go much further than an experienced candidate who has become apathetic about the field. If you show up and want to be there, you will learn volumes and be ahead of the pack before you know it.

SpineSearch is Headed to St. Louis!

SpineSearch would like to extend the invitation to Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioner’s to join us on August 25th, in St. Louis, for Spine Specialty Day! Spine Specialty Day is an authoritative educational program that educates professionals about common spine conditions. The objective is to educate spine professionals with knowledge regarding spine anatomy, pathology, diagnoses and treatment options. It will be orthopedic/spine focused and there will be a sawbones demonstration within the event. This course has been accredited for 7 CME/CE credits. For more information check out our brochure, or contact us at 516-333-5050 about how to register.

Emotional Needs in the Workplace

Am I happy with my job? People ask themselves this all the time without putting too much stock into whether the answer is yes or no. However, if you are unhappy with your job this can affect job performance and overall self-esteem, and decrease your productivity at work. This week we’re focusing on how emotional needs have to be met in the workplace in order to create a positive work environment.

Emotional needs in the workplace are very important in contributing to an overall healthy work environment. If you feel like no one cares about you at work, then you are more likely not to work as hard or dread going to work.

Feeling like you belong at your job and with your coworkers goes a long way when furthering your career; motivation is everything. When you feel like you belong and that people understand and listen to you, you’re much more likely to be successful at work. Team building at work can help fulfill the sense of belonging and also relieve stress. When a person feels like they cannot turn to anyone at work they become unhappy in the workplace.

Being given more responsibilities at work helps create great self-worth. When your boss gives you more tasks and responsibility it shows how valuable you are to the team. You should always be looking for opportunities to grow within your field and gain more knowledge about your industry. It is important to gain recognition for a job well-done. If you do not get the credit for your hard work you will not feel valuable.
Happiness at work is an important factor for employees everywhere. Finding a field you love and wanting to further your career will give you lasting success. SpineSearch can help you find a job that makes you happy and successful!
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Support Your Spine Health

While many of us Spine Professionals spend our day helping others with back pain we thought this week we would offer some advice on how to care for your own back.

Taking care of your spine early on will promote spine health in the future. There are many ways to strengthen and preserve your spine so back pain will not overcome daily activities. Maintaining good posture no matter what activities you are doing will help keep your spine aligned. If you have good posture, you will be able to do other activities, like working out, without back pain.

Sleep can have negative effects on your spine health if done incorrectly. Everyone sleeps differently, but whether you are a back, side or stomach sleeper there are ways to improve. If you sleep on your back, you should sleep with a pillow underneath your knees and lower back. If you sleep on your side you should sleep with a pillow between your legs. Stomach sleepers have the most disadvantages because sleeping on your stomach is least fit way to improve spine health while you sleep, but if you are and avid stomach sleeper, you should snooze with a pillow under your stomach to help align your spine. The point is to keep your body in the straightest line possible even when you’re sleeping.

Exercising is great for your back health. Building muscle and improving your balance will help your spine stay aligned all on its own! Yoga is a great way to stretch your back muscles, improve posture, balance, and blood circulation. Have your doctor do a scoliosis check at yearly check-ups. Stretch when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. All of these examples will help you promote your spine health in order to avoid chronic pain or surgeries in the future.

Make the Most of Your Summer Job Hunt

SpineSearch wants all of its candidates to not give up on their job hunt. In order to do this candidates must keep in mind that just because they’re going on vacation for a week or two does not mean that employers stop looking for people to hire. Don’t fall victim to the lazy days of summer; SpineSearch wants to help you succeed at your next job interview. Here are some reminders to help you during your summer job hunt:
1) Ask Questions During the Interview
You should always do your research on a company before you go on an interview, and when an employer asks you if you have any questions don’t come up empty handed. Ask questions about the culture in the office and if there is a sense of community. Ask the employer well-thought questions that show you care about the company and what your role would be there.
2) Don’t Use an Inappropriate Email Address
If you have to question whether or not your email is appropriate, then it probably isn’t fit for your resume. You can easily make an email address that is specifically for your resume; make it simple and suitable for a potential employer to see.
3) Have Concrete Examples of Prior Work
When an employer asks you about a time when you solved a problem or took a leadership role at your last job, you should be able to site clear examples without hesitation. If you hesitate for too long the employer could think you are making the story up. Before you go on a job interview think about what potential questions an employer might ask and rehearse them with someone.
4) Improve Your Resume
Summer is the perfect time to refresh your resume; SpineSearch offers exclusive help to their candidates to create a resume that will impress any employer. Your Resume should represent a well-organized example of your work history.

How Body Language Plays a Key Role in an Interview

Candidates often do not think about how their non-verbal communication during an interview could put them at a disadvantage. Subconsciously we are all aware of what body language makes us feel comfortable with a person or sends us the wrong message. This explains one reason why employers choose one candidate over another. In order to better understand why body language is so important in an interview, a candidate has to understand what signals are sending the wrong message. Here are three body language mistakes many people make during an interview:
1) Slouching in a chair
This could be a huge red flag to an employer, because it signifies that you are disinterested in what he or she is saying.
2) Fidgeting
Whether you’re twirling your hair or cracking your knuckles, fidgeting shows that you are nervous and uncomfortable and that signifies to the employer that you might not be the right fit for the position you are applying for.
3) Shifty eyes
If you are in an interview and have your eyes darting all over the room it signifies that you either have something to hide and you can’t be trusted. Obviously, no person wants to come across this way in an interview. A potential employer wants you to make genuine eye contact, not staring them down, showing that you are actively engaged in the conversation.
If you become more aware of what your body language is saying then you will be even more prepared for your next interview.
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Interview Tips for New Grads

New Graduates have to deal with the stress of finding a job, and a lot of that stress pertains to the interview process. Here at SpineSearch, we want to give candidates the best possible chance at finding a job they love. In order to nail an interview, new grads have to put their best foot forward.
The first step in being prepared for an interview is gathering information about the company. The more you know about the company, the better chance you have at giving a great interview. Doing your research can have huge benefits because you will have a better understanding of the company as a whole, and you will know what the employer is looking for in his or her employees.
Another factor to consider is: practice. Practicing for an interview is crucial. You want to make sure you have some understanding of how to answer interview questions properly and accurately. An employer wants to see that you know what you’re talking about;you must have a general understanding of what type of questions you will be asked.
Remembering to bring multiple copies of your resume and professional references to an interview is also crucial. Your resume gives the employer a brief history of your education and employment. Your job is to give the employer an idea of who you are as a person and what your personality is like. As a new grad, if you prepare and take steps to making yourself a great candidate, you will reap the benefits of all your hard work.
Contact SpineSearch today to help you find your dream job!

Becker’s ASC Conference

SpineSearch will be attending the Becker’s ASC Conference, June 14-16th.The Becker’s ASC Conference is an orthopedic, spine and pain management driven ASC conference. SpineSearch will be located at booth #60. Stop by to speak with Nicola Hawkinson about SpineSearch and our exciting new opportunities. We’re eager to see you all there!
Important dates:
August 2012:
August 13-15th: 2012 Hospital O.R. and Surgery Center Conference, St. Louis MO
August 25th: Spine Specialty Day, St. Louis MO (RN and NP)

Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012

Premier Breakthroughs Conference 2012
SpineSearch will be attending the Premier Breakthroughs Conference, June 5-7th. Premier Breakthroughs is a knowledge sharing event sponsored by Premier healthcare alliance. Premier brings people, ideas and innovations organized to transform healthcare. SpineSearch is looking forward to sharing new ideas with colleagues and expanding our knowledge of the spine industry. Come visit us at Booth #1008. We hope to see you all there!
SpineSearch will be joining a number of conferences during summer 2012. Here are some important dates to remember:
June 2012:
June 14-16th: Beckers ASC, Chicago, IL
August 2012:
August 13-15th: 2012 Hospital O.R. and Surgery Center Conference, St. Louis MO
August 25th: Spine Specialty Day, St. Louis MO (RN and NP)

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