Successful Team Communications

Example Team Agreement Statements

Team agreements are written by the staff; they help define comfortable working parameters for everyone. Use the following agreement statements as a guide to developing a set for your practice.


  • Be accountable for projects and resolve issues promptly.
  • Be considerate of each other’s personal time.
  • Respect each other’s differences.
  • Team meetings are approached with an attitude of purpose and openness for clarification, problem-solving, and systems design.
  • No third-party talk or gossip.
  • Time off, leave, or personal time must be approved by Dr. ____
  • Do our best to communicate.
  • Complete chart documentation each day.
  • Agree to bring positive solutions to challenges.
  • We agree to positive interpersonal relationships in the office. This requires going directly to the person we have problems with, seeking clarification and constructive dialogue that will lead to more effective teamwork.
  • We agree to make timelines a priority in the office. This encompasses morning huddles, seating patients, lunch, and closure at the end of the day.
  • All patients are entitled to be offered optimal treatment.
  • We agree to an efficient transfer of patient and patient documents when dismissing the patient. Routing slips will be completely filled out, given to the patient in the operatory, and the patient escorted out for payment of services.
  • We agree to clearly communicate our expectations to each other and to our patients.
  • We agree to keep the entire office clean, neat, and organized.
  • We agree to be attentive to ways to help our colleagues optimize the efficiencies for the entire office.
  • We agree to maintain a professional atmosphere through office appearance, our attire, and our verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • We agree to individually strive for personal growth in dentistry and our personal life – since it impacts our working relationships.
  • We agree to make morning huddles productive by being prepared and contributing constructively and efficiently.
  • We agree to be open to new possibilities and challenges.
  • We make our patients a priority.
  • We resist the temptation to be judgmental toward each other, our patients, and our colleagues.
  • We are committed to the spirit of teamwork.
  • When in doubt, we extend grace toward each other equally.
  • We agree to be aware of our actions.
  • Have fun.
  • Agree to help others during downtime.
  • We agree to stop and get informed consent before we continue with unplanned or added treatment. This is to include seating the patient upright and explaining treatment.
  • We agree to respond, not to react.
  • We agree to be committed 100% at work each day.
  • We agree to help each other shut down in the evening.



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