News |2 min read

Personal After-Effects of a Pandemic

Real-world insights from AADOM authors. Author Carla Collier, on the personal after-effects of a pandemic.

Who are you since I came around?

If COVID-19 were to ask you this question, what would you say?

Well, I am a wife, mother, daughter, nana, friend, and employee.

Since COVID-19 decided to change the world as we know it, I’ve remembered to stop and smell the roses, enjoy the little things in life, and not sweat the big ones.

This may sound easy for many of you, but I assure you it is not easy for me.

As I consider the personal after-effects of a pandemic, these past few weeks have allowed me time to stop always trying to be in control.

Heck, I had no choice. Who is really in control?

If you just thought to yourself, “I am in control,” well think again.

Life as we have known it may never be the same.

It can be better going forward if you have an open heart and mind.

We all want to get back to business and see things back to running like a well-oiled machine.

Getting everyone back to work and filling up the schedule will most likely be our focus.

Remember, we need to schedule it – to produce it – so we can collect it, right?

Although that’s the way it is supposed to go (and likely will,) we also need to remember we all have this rollercoaster inside of us called emotions.

When we’re reopening the office, we need to be considerate of the team members’ feelings.

Many staff members have children, and some states are not reopening the schools until next year.

Many daycares are closed.…Opens in a new window to article from Time Magazine about Coronavirus daycare crisis…

Have you thought about how a general lack of childcare services is going to affect your team and daily operations?

Helping your team members cope with the after-effects of a pandemic

You don’t want to lose good team members over things they can’t control.

Schedule a weekly team call and check in with everyone to see how they’re feeling.

Talk with your doctor to see if you can come up with a creative (and flexible) schedule to accommodate your staff who are struggling without childcare and teaching their children at home.

This new routine can have a temporary time frame that may last a few weeks up to several months.

I’ve had my thinking cap on all day trying to be creative, flexible, and think outside of the box, knowing there will come a day, we will be able to look back on this knowing we survived a pandemic.

Stay positive! We are AADOM tribe strong!

Meet the Author

Headshot of Carla Collier

Carla has spent over 20 years in dentistry working as a practice manager and practice management consultant. She is passionate about helping team members have fun while creating the ultimate patient experience. Carla can be reached at or 813-928-3622.






Become an AADOM author!

2 comments on “Personal After-Effects of a Pandemic”
  1. Avatar

    This is an awesome read. I really enjoyed it!

  2. Avatar

    With Dental Practices being one of businesses hardest hit during this time of change, this post is so spot on….remember we are all in this together and let’s work making decisions TOGETHER, communicating with the goal of bringing everyone’s smiles back!

Leave a comment:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *