The Learning Stream:
There is important news to share with you. Ever since we banded together at the onset of the pandemic and created the RCDSO-recognized Big Red Canoe Club (Dental Explorers Study Club), I have imagined us getting together again. The opportunity couldn’t come at a better time.
Much has been discussed recently about the challenges of finding new team members and retaining current ones. It turns out that the pandemic has shifted perspectives, and what our team needed in the past has now changed. Among the top stressors reported during the pandemic were finances, social isolation, and the health of family members. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness. Throughout the pandemic, provincial studies have shown that 54% of the adult population reported a worsening of their mental health. Recently, 28% percent of adult Canadians screened positive for symptoms of anxiety and depression. Front-line workers, including dentists and their teams, are among the most likely to experience a decline in mental health.
The future is about managing things you don’t know while relying on guiding principles. Investing in human relationships and sharing information have stood the test of time. That’s why we created the Big Red Canoe Club. This is an opportunity where we will be reigniting relationships, learning and supporting one another in a place called The Learning Stream. Knowing that, as leaders, we must lead from the future, I have designed a safe space where we can explore the desirable future together. Our practices must evolve into places that will benefit patients but will also make us happy. Coping strategies for emotional distress include getting active, spending time with friends and having a nourishing meal. The new space will facilitate all this (with a little “Fritz Flare”).