I am not one of those people who bounded out of physical therapy school, brimming with confidence and ready to take on the world. I didn’t lead any groups or clubs during school. I made absolutely no effort to network. And I wound up spending the first two years of my PT career bouncing around a bit, trying to find my footing in the physical therapy industry.
I realized I wanted to be a physical therapist after experiencing—and rehabbing—a knee injury while playing collegiate basketball. But until I actually became a PT, I didn’t understand what it really meant to practice physical therapy. A physical therapist not only treats a patient’s injury; he or she treats the whole person.
Last week, Boston was brimming with more than hot lobstah—er, lobster—rich history, and die-hard sports fans. That’s because thousands of forward-thinking physical therapists joined together to learn, network, and discuss the future of the industry at APTA NEXT.
How to Have Difficult Performance Conversations with Your Employees: Tips for Physical Therapy Business Owners
Expert advice on how to handle subpar employee performance in your rehab therapy private practice.
Take a stroll through WebPT headquarters, and you’ll see dozens of diagrams on whiteboards, brainstorming sessions in progress, smiling faces, Nerf darts, and a whole lot of hard workers. But, if you look a little closer, you’ll notice books—tons of books. They’re displayed on shelves, stacked on desks, and even organized into mini departmental libraries.
So—you’re a PT, PTA, or therapy tech, and you’ve got a nice gig at a hospital, an outpatient clinic, or an inpatient facility. You’re happy, but you can’t help but wonder what else is out there over the rainbow. In other words, you’re not sure where your career is going—or what path you should take.
Whether you manage one or two employees, or sit at the helm of a multi-clinic chain, being the boss is challenging. And based on what I’ve learned in my own experience as both a clinic director and a tech executive, being a good boss is as much about leaning into the tough situations as it is letting go of what we can’t control.
Country music stars took over Nashville last week for the CMT Music Awards, but the only celebrities I was looking out for were at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. From Ben Fung and Sharon Dunn to John Childs and Fred Gilbert, the PT industry’s biggest stars gathered in Music City for APTA NEXT, a four-day conference focused on physical therapy education and innovation. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s a look at what’s in store for the PT profession:
Hiring the right person for your practice can be tricky, because if you want to find a true “gem,” you have to evaluate more than a person’s qualifications. You have to hire for good culture-fit, too. And unfortunately, that’s a quality you aren’t going to find on any job board—or even a resumé, for that matter.
In this final video of a three-part series, PT and entrepreneurial consultant Jamey Schrier explains how to implement an employee recognition program that works.