10 ways to earn the respect of others

March 21, 2011
DAD Editor Kevin Henry refers to a recent online article that lists 10 ways to help you earn the respect of others. But one of the most important things to keep in mind is that it’s hard for others to respect you if you don’t respect yourself.

By Kevin Henry, Editor

If you’ve read some of my previous articles in Dental Assisting Digest, you know that I believe there is no such thing as “just a dental assistant.” I believe dental assistants are the backbone of a dental practice, and can be patients’ confidantes and best friends when they need advice.

I also know that there is often an inner struggle for dental assistants when it comes to respect in the dental practice. Sometimes you may feel as if you’re viewed as “the cleaning lady” or “the bottom rung of the ladder” (these are quotes I’ve heard from dental assistants about their jobs). Sometimes you may feel unappreciated and down. Let’s face it ... we all feel that way at times.

If you’re struggling when it comes to feeling respected in the dental practice, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this article by Celestine Chua. I think she makes some excellent points when it comes to respect, including the fact that it’s hard for others to respect you when you don’t respect yourself.

I hope this article will reinvigorate you and push you down the road toward more respect.