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Key to the office

Hello. In all the offices I’ve worked at over the last 13 years, a key and code have been among the first things I receive. Just started at a new office and they DDS said he doesn’t give hygienists keys. This could be a deal breaker for me as I have customarily been the first one in the office and at times the last to leave.

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It sounds like you are organized and like to be prepared, I love this! The first dentist I worked for had multiple offices and I never needed a key to any of them. Someone was always there at least 45 minutes before the first patient and I wasn’t ever the last leave – so it was never a problem. In contrast, the last office I worked at, the doctor waited about a month before they gave me a key. Being a smaller office, it made things so much easier, as I like to not be rushed when preparing and organizing for the day and like things done before I leave. If the first person who has a key arrives too late, do as much as you can before you leave at the end of the day. This isn’t the greatest option, but it may help some. If someone who has a key has to wait for you at the end of the day for you to complete your work, I can bet (and would hope) they will break down and give you a key. Maybe it’s a trust issue? If not having a key becomes an issue I would have a talk with the doctor and simply explain your reasoning. Being prepared is important, and I would explain that. For me, I simply work better and take better care of patients if I’m organized and prepared. Even the best offices have a hiccup or two, and this just may be one of them. Ultimately, you need to do what is best for you, so if this situation doesn’t work for you and you need to move on, then so be it! My best of luck to you!

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