The Importance of Annual Performance Reviews in the Dental Profession

Dental Hygiene Director examines patient

In an era where inflation continues to rise, the lack of regular performance reviews and cost-of-living increases is a growing concern among dental professionals and workers in general. Many report that they haven’t had a performance review in over three years, if ever. I want to explore how stagnant wages affect purchasing power and highlight the crucial role of annual performance reviews in employee retention and job satisfaction, especially for hourly workers in the dental industry.

The Impact of Inflation on Dental Professionals

Inflation increases living costs, often outpacing wage growth in many job sectors, including dentistry. Without regular cost-of-living adjustments, dental professionals’ purchasing power diminishes, impacting their quality of life. This financial strain can lead to decreased job satisfaction and higher turnover rates as employees seek better opportunities elsewhere.

The Role of Annual Performance Reviews

Annual performance reviews are not just a formality; they are essential for employee development and satisfaction. These reviews provide an opportunity for employees to receive feedback, set new goals, and discuss potential career advancements and salary adjustments. For dental professionals, regular performance reviews can lead to:

  1. Increased Job Satisfaction: Receiving recognition and constructive feedback can significantly boost morale and job satisfaction, making employees feel appreciated and motivated.
  2. Career Development: Performance reviews often include discussions about career goals and growth opportunities, helping dental professionals map out clear career paths and increasing engagement and commitment to their current employer.
  3. Salary Adjustments: Regular reviews are an ideal time to discuss salary increases, including cost-of-living adjustments, ensuring that compensation keeps pace with inflation and reflects employees’ growing experience and contributions.
  4. Retention: Employees who feel valued and see a future with their current employer are less likely to seek opportunities elsewhere. Regular performance reviews and appropriate salary adjustments play a significant role in retaining employees.

The AGA Group: An Industry Leader in Kansas City Dental Staffing

With over 45 years of industry experience, The AGA Group has established itself as a leader in Kansas City dental staffing. Our commitment to providing top-tier staffing solutions and supporting the career growth of dental professionals sets us apart.

Our Approach to Performance Reviews

At The AGA Group, we understand the importance of regular performance reviews in maintaining a satisfied and motivated workforce. By facilitating annual performance reviews for the dental professionals we place, we ensure that both our clients and employees benefit from this crucial practice.

  1. Comprehensive Feedback: We emphasize the importance of detailed and constructive feedback during performance reviews. This helps dental professionals understand their strengths and areas for improvement, fostering continuous learning and development.
  2. Career Path Guidance: We assist dental professionals in identifying career goals and provide guidance on achieving them, helping employees feel confident and empowered in their career trajectories.
  3. Advocating for Fair Compensation: Recognizing the impact of inflation, we advocate for fair compensation and cost-of-living adjustments during performance reviews. This ensures that dental professionals are fairly compensated, contributing to higher job satisfaction and retention.


In the competitive field of dental staffing, ensuring that dental professionals receive regular performance reviews and appropriate compensation adjustments is crucial. Our commitment to this practice underscores our leadership in the industry and our dedication to the well-being and professional growth of the dental professionals we place. As inflation continues to challenge purchasing power, the importance of annual performance reviews and cost-of-living increases cannot be overstated.

By prioritizing these reviews, we not only support the dental professionals we work with but also help dental practices retain top talent, ultimately contributing to the overall success and stability of the dental industry in Kansas City and beyond.


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