• November 2015
  • How to Stay Relevant in the Current Marketplace

    “We knew we could no longer build a value proposition around technology that can be procured by anyone,” says Lab Owner Mike Hill. Read about his strategies for engaging clients on a new level.

    Barry D. the Lab Guy
    Michael Hill · November 24 at 9:59 am

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  • April 2015
  • When a Technician Leaves: How to Protect Your Lab

    In our industry, where the economic barriers to entry are relatively low, it’s all too common to hear stories about employees leaving a lab and then winning that lab’s customers, or worse, other staff members. Of course, from the lab owner’s perspective, the former employee didn’t win the customer or staff member; in his mind, he was stolen!

    Like some of you, we too have been burned and it’s happened often enough that we were compelled to change the way we deal with new hires. In California, the Department of Corporations allows companies to pursue financial damages if it’s determined that protected, confidential information has been taken from your business, so we incorporated two documents into our hiring process to legally protect us from employees pursuing our customers and staff once they leave our lab.

    Our goal in this process is not to create overly burdensome legal documents but rather to simply obtain a mutual understanding of our company’s...

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  • September 2014
  • To Hire or Not to Hire: Five Tips

    When it comes to hiring a new technician, should you wait until case volume exceeds your production capacity, or hire before you’re overwhelmed by case volume?

    Barry D. the Lab Guy
    Michael Hill · September 30, 2014

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  • April 2014
  • 6-11 Dental Studio: Putting the Artist First

    Lake Forest, CA

    Owner: Mike Hill

    15 Employees

    Many labs call themselves“studios” but Mike Hill, Owner of 6-11 Dental Studio, makes sure his lab lives up to the name. Treating his technicians like artists is his number-one priority in his employee-centric laboratory.

    To inspire creativity and productivity, each ceramist’s work area is a spacious 12' by 12' and set up like an individual studio, with divider walls to create a sense of privacy. The L-shaped workstations are twice the size of typical workbenches, giving technicians ample room to spread out, and the 19-ft-tall ceilings add to the roominess.

    Technicians are encouraged to play their own music, burn incense or scented candles and really make their workspaces their own. Interruptions are kept to a minimum and, even then, non-technical staff and managers try to wait until there’s an obvious breaking point for the technician. “There’s an unwritten, although clearly articulated, rule that it is very...

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  • February 2014
  • The Rush Case Dilemma

    Lab Owner Mike Hill explains his reasoning for accepting rush cases and how he handles them internally.

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