Attracting talent with non-financial benefits
The shortage makes recruitment the employees’ market, and applicants now put more emphasis on non-financial aspects, like the clinic’s vision, interior design, and, not least, the dental equipment and instruments.
Ergonomic equipment not only protects the practitioners’ professional health but also makes the workday more comfortable. Trine Høgsbro, a dental nurse at Praxis, Vedbæk, Denmark, says: “I have worked with XO units for many years and sitting on the XO seat (the saddle chair) makes the long patient treatments so much easier for me, and the daily cleaning and disinfection of XO units is super easy.”
Going forward, we can expect that the younger generation dentists will be still more attentive to ergonomics. Today, dental education institutions/universities teach young dentists about ergonomics, but upon graduation it is hard for newly graduated to identify clinics equipped with dental units that allows the dentists to work in healthy and ergonomic postures; that is, taking professional work health precautions.
The challenge of attracting talent is worldwide
The shortage of dental professionals is a critical issue worldwide, however, with regional differences. At XO CARE’s homeland, Denmark, a 20% fall in the workforce of dentists is expected towards 2030. In Sweden, the expected decrease is 10% fewer dentists by 2035. And in the Netherlands, 300 dentists retire every year, but only 240 graduate, leaving a large gap to be filled.
The conclusion is clear: Dental practitioners will be in great demand in the next decade, and clinic design and ergonomic equipment prove to be areas where employers can stand out from the competition to attract patients and talent.