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Time off DIctation

Has anyone’s office ever had their vacation time dictated by when the Doctors take their vacation? I have worked for offices before where you have the option to use your PTO for the doctors vacation or not, but still have the right to take your time when you decide to do so. But recently my doctors have decided that our time off is to be scheduled around their time off. I haven’t heard of this before, and don’t quite agree with the protocol. Is this common?



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I wouldn’t say it’s common perse, but dentists do do this to their employees sometimes – they do a lot of things that as a business owner they shouldn’t, in fact. I have never worked at an office that did this. However, my cousin is a dentist and he takes his vacations at the same times every year and the staff gets those days off, but they also have the choice to take additional days off. My sister was his lead dental assistant and it didn’t seem to bother her much. However, not being able to take any other days off but what the dentist dictates just seems disrespectful. For me this wouldn’t work because of all of the dental conventions I attend, so I wouldn’t be able to work in an office with that type of protocol. I don’t blame you for not agreeing with this protocol, I certainly don’t! It’s also another thing to be hired and be told that protocol right up front – so then you have the choice to take that job, but to make a change as big as this after you have already worked there makes it even more frustrating! Maybe your office should have a sit down and come to a compromise. Otherwise, unhappy employees can kill a business. Good luck to you!

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This is the situation in my office – however my situation is different because I work in a foreign country and answering the phones in my second language is difficult for me. The situation works to my advantage because I end up getting about 2 more weeks paid vacation that the required minimum. I definitely wouldn’t be cool with it if the dentist closed his practice and I didn’t get paid. Also, my dentist is good with letting me take (unpaid) time off when I want if it doesn’t totally throw off the patient load. My boss is pretty consistent with when he closes the office – April, over our national holiday in the summer, October, and over Christmas, so it allows me to plan ahead. But I knew the situation going into the job and was fine with it. If this would’ve been thrown at me a few months in, I’m not sure how I would feel about it. It’s not the best option if flexibility is important to you.

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