In the lead up to Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating one of our amazing mums – Renee Sharland, Practice Manager for Algester and Springfield. Renee has worked at National Dental Care for 18 years and brings her experience as a mother into practice as a manager.
What traits as a mother do you bring into your work life?
Parenting and management styles can mirror each other, and Renee says becoming a mum made her “more compassionate and understanding with my team.”
“My team calls me Mother Hen”, Renee muses, “and they know that they can come to me for help with any problem, work or personal.”
“I think the traits I’ve picked up being a mother transfer really well into my role as a practice manager. I try to create an atmosphere of calm, encouragement and comfort for my staff members so that they can focus on the job at hand without negative distractions.”
“I encourage them to set achievable goals and find a happy work-life balance.”
Having kids and returning to work
“I’ve been working here for 18 years and taken maternity leave for my three boys,” says Renee with a smile, “they keep me busy.”
Different arrangements work for different mums and dads, but Renee says “I chose to take between 4 and 8 months off with each of my kids and chose to return part-time before getting back to full time.”
She credits her amazing team with making her feel comfortable about going on maternity leave and coming back. “It’s such a close community in our practices and everyone is so supportive,” beams Renee.
Renee also gives recognition to the motivation and support that National Dental Care gives to women returning from maternity leave. “I was worried that I’d be limited career-wise going on maternity leave. I am sure many women consider this. But, National Dental Care was really supportive and gave me room to grow. I started as a dental assistant all those years ago – progressed to practice manager – and I now manage multiple sites.”
What do you think a parent looks for in a dental practice?
“Compassion, tolerance, and patience are qualities you want people to have when they’re spending time with children, so I think parents would consider our wonderful team members first.We also have a dedicated kid’s corner with toys, books, and activities – and that’s certainly an added bonus. It’s all about making the dentist a fun place to visit.”
Can you share one way your mum influenced you in life?
“I wouldn’t have this job if it wasn’t for my mum,” says Renee. “I was planning on taking a gap year after school and she spotted an ad for a dental assistant in our local newspaper. Now, all these years later, I have a career that I’m proud of. The support and love from my mum has allowed me to do what I want to do.”
Luckily for Renee, her mother and mother-in-law help out a lot with the children. “They assist with school pickups, drop-offs and babysit when my husband and I need a break … which is often!”
What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
“We always have a big family lunch on Mother’s Day. I still feel like Mother’s Day is all about my mum, even after 8 years I often forget that it’s also my day now too!”
What kind of family fun is happening in Algester?
Algester Community Fun Fair
Face painting – Petting zoo – free kids dental – balloon animals – free digital smile scans for adults and teens – sausage sizzle
Saturday 15th June, 10am-2pm
at 257 Nottingham Rd, Algester QLD 4115
The Algester Community Fun Fair gives mums, dads, kids and every local a chance to visit our practice.
We are taking over the carpark in front of National Dental Care Algester, and transforming it into a fun fair for a single day.
Every activity will be provided free of charge.
Free family fun includes:
- Petting zoo!
- Face paint!
- Balloon animals!
- Kids dental checkups!
- Sausage sizzles!
- Much, much more!