Dental Discount Company Invests in Hands-on Training Program to Further Develop Young, Talented Employees
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) May 24, 2010 — 1Dental.com, provider of the nation’s most affordable dental plan, is launching an intensive summer Leadership Development Initiative this week for its Norman, Oklahoma, student employees.
The participants–economics, business and communication students–will gain full-time job experience working as telephone sales representatives alongside veteran employees on a competitive sales team offering affordable dental plans at the company’s headquarters.
Key facets of the program include on-the-job mentoring, guided Personal Development Planning and coaching in goal-setting. The company has also connected the student employees to the local Toastmaster’s public speaking club and to a community service organization through which they will complete various leadership projects. Their full-time work week will also be supplemented by training resources, including books, audio tutorials and video presentations.
John Mark Anderson, former student intern recently promoted to Branch Manager, oversees the Norman 1Dental.com extension that opened in January. CEO Randall Meinen and Anderson established the branch near the University of Oklahoma campus to draw from a pool of competent student workers, creating part-time job opportunities for them to connect callers to an affordable dental plan.
1Dental.com is capitalizing on an opportune time in these students’ lives for leadership development. The students’ mobile stage of life has allowed them to easily relocate to company headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, this summer for additional training, free from extensive family commitments, long leases or schoolwork.
The company has arranged residency for the students during the program. They will be learning money management and independence by paying rent, bills and other expenses. According to Meinen, transitioning independent students into the work force is vital in a time when 52% of college graduates move back in with their parents at the beginning of their professional life, as stated in Monster’s 2010 Annual Entry-Level Job Outlook.
Meinen has several goals for the program. “We want these young people to experience a healthy dose of the reality of work life; we will work them hard and have high expectations of them,” Meinen says. “We are confident that the positive, long-term effects of our Leadership Development Initiative will benefit not only the participants, but also the company as a whole. This training strategy demonstrates our corporate philosophy of investing in people as one of our highest priorities,” he says.
1Dental.com takes a comprehensive approach to leadership while providing its promising employees with as many resources as possible to succeed in selling the affordable dental plan.
“At 1Dental.com, we think that the ideal employee is someone that is balanced and developed as a whole person,” Meinen says, “These young people are both talented and teachable, and we appreciate the opportunity to invest in their future while growing our company.”
Program participant Brian Hamilton is excited to learn at the summer Leadership Development Initiative. “I appreciate the investment 1Dental.com has made in me and the opportunity to pick up some key business skills this summer. I expect to be challenged by the veteran employees’ attitude and hard work and also to have a great time,” Hamilton says.
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For some reason I can’t post on your blog, but wanted to give you a clear run-down in the difference between a discount plan and dental ins. Dental plans allow you to get a discounted price for your dental work. You get the same quality work and good quality dentists (depending on the plan you buy. The Careington plan is the best because of their extensive screening process for dentists and long standing reputation). The benefit for the dentists is that they get immediate payment (instead of having to wait on insurance), they get free advertising and they get many more customers than they would have otherwise.
The big question to ask next is, “Are dental plans better than dental insurance?” The answer? It depends on what your situation and needs are. Below is a basic break down of the comparison between dental plans and dental insurance.
Dental plans – Max 3 day waiting period, low monthly premium, no maximum, Everyone Accepted, Preexisting Conditions Accepted, No Claim Forms, Choose Your Dentist, No Standard Co-Pay, Specialists Included, Braces Included
Dental Insurance – Waiting Period 3-6 mos, High Monthly Premium, Typical Maximum of $1000-$5000Application Required, No Preexisting Conditions, Claim Forms, Choose your dentist on some plans, standard Co-Pay, Specialists Included on Some Plans, Braces Included on Some Plans
The benefits of a dental plan are obvious. The situation where a dental plan is most helpful is in an emergency or if you simply need to see the dentist soon. Dental plans allow you to go to the dentist, know what you are going to pay and pay less than what you would without a plan.
Visit 1Dental.com for more info or call our office and one of our reps would be glad to walk you through the plan. Our number is 1.800.372.7615