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Dear Boss: I'm not a dinosaur

July 13, 2022
This experienced hygienist is getting no respect from her boss, who blatantly favors younger staff. What would you do?

The Dental Office Manager Digest column “Dear Boss” is designed for office managers to be able to speak their minds by anonymously writing a “letter” to their boss. Send your letters to [email protected]. Depending on how many are received, your letter may take a while to appear in DOMD.

Dear Boss,

I have been the office manager for our small practice for over 30 years. Over that time, we've introduced younger and younger staff and you've shown that you favor them over me.

Even though I'm 50 years old, I'm still as good as I've been since the first day you hired me. You've made several comments to the younger staff joking about how they react faster and are quicker at following your instructions. I'm not a dinosaur, but sometimes that's how you make me feel. I stay up on new trends and always take the initiative to learn new programs and software. I even go to dental meetings to advance my career

I see red flags everywhere, not just for me but for anyone who is over 30, because of the "out with the old and in with the new" mindset. I’m really at a loss about whether to bring this up or just move on and try to find something else. I figured I'll release my frustration here in hopes you see this and adjust your attitude.



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