Your Christmas bonus this year is….

a job!
I’ve had the usual last minute rush of emails from dental principals asking my opinion on their various and nefarious schemes to pay bonuses that will reward without offending.
Often a question asked by principals who are concerned about current cash flow as well as the spectre of a January tax payment (and their own kids demands for Yuletide satisfaction).
My opinion?
Whether I walk down Falmouth High Street, around Altrincham town centre or through the city centres of England, there are two over-riding features:

  • businesses closing down (large and small) and
  • businesses making irresistible offers to extract some, any, cash from my pocket.

So I suggest that the best Christmas present you can give your team this year is an explanation of what you intend to do about keeping them in a job in 2009.
Perhaps a PowerPoint over mince pies and sherry.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.