Compassionate patient care starts with caring for employees
One can argue that high quality customer care may be a lost art. Yet those interactions determine if we’ll be a one-time or life-long customer. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the dentist, where visits can conjure up an array of mixed emotions.
Dr. Dan Tataje, founder and chief executive officer of Mercy Dental Group, understands this customer care relationship first-hand as he leads one of the fastest growing private companies in America. Founded in 2015, Mercy Dental Group operates six clinics in southcentral Wisconsin. They pride themselves on providing compassionate, affordable and extraordinary oral healthcare to families in their communities.
Strategic employee benefits make big impacts
In the highly educated field of dentistry, many employees have large amounts of student loan debt. It can be stressful. Dr. Tataje had a light bulb moment when he discovered Student Loan Repayment Assistance (SLRA), the fastest growing employee benefit to attract and retain top talent. When made through an Education Assistance Program, employer contributions to an employee’s student loans, up to $5,250 annually, are tax-free through 2025.
Building a great place to work can be a costly venture. Many employers are seeking ways to cut costs by focusing on the bottom dollar. Yet employees are focused on finding positions with a better salary and benefits. As a result, employers need to be strategic in finding the best benefit to make the biggest impact.
By offering SLRA, Mercy Dental Group is standing out as they compete to hire top talent and retain a growing team. As a small business owner, Dr. Tataje recognized how SLRA provides the perfect balance of caring for employees and the flexibility to control costs, unlike some other benefits. Contributions to employees’ student loans can start with a modest amount and grow over time to reward longevity.
“Offering SLRA is an important way to show our employees that we’re empathetic to their student loan debt struggles and invested in their professional and personal growth. My goal is to be a top place to work, not just in the dental industry, but any industry. SLRA is an important benefit that aligns with my philosophy.”
Founder/CEO | Mercy Dental Group