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The core principles of teamwork are all the same, regardless of what work environment you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you work in a vet clinic, an office, or at Smart Flow, the goals and foundation of teamwork is all equal.
For teamwork to be effective and smooth you want to:
- Set clear goals
- Hold yourself and your team accountable,
- Be supportive
- Train your team
- Reward your team
- Communicate openly and productively
- Be approachable
Before I begin the story of my journey to become a veterinarian there are just a few things I must first get off my chest. What I'm about to say in the rest of this first paragraph is directed specifically at those individuals who are currently considering the veterinary field as a profession. So here it goes:
- Do not become a veterinarian if you want to make lots and lots of money.
- Do not become a veterinarian if you don't like the idea of working long hours.
- Do not become a veterinarian because you think you won't be interacting with people.
Do become a veterinarian if you truly want to help animals and you don't care about the things I mention above.
Alright… Now that I got that off my chest, we can begin!
Veterinary practices rely a lot on team work. Everything in a clinic runs alot smoother, more efficiently, and quickly if everyone works together. Communication is a big key factor in team work, as is mutual respect and understanding. Communication tools such as a patient management software (like Smartflow!), pagers, intercom, post it notes, emails etc are great for keeping all your staff in the loop of what is happening. Respect is a big part of making a team work, because if there is no respect, chances are your team will not work well together. Teamwork is key, for the health of your patients, the happiness of your clients, the well being of your technicians, and the efficiency of your practice. Being a part of a team takes work, though, as it has to be a joint effort. So, what can you do when your team is failing to communicate, failing to cooperate, and starting to fall apart? I read a great article the other day by Karyn Gavzer for dvm 360 on how to make your staff work as a team and have summarized the key points below.
Here are some ways that you can get your team back together :