Our most recent poll focused on surveys. We decided the time had come to ask questions about salary and a little bit more, so we launched our latest in-depth survey through an independent research company this month. If you haven’t taken it already, here’s the link: bit.ly/3KNsTx2. Anyone who works in O&P is encouraged to take it–including administrative staff, billing staff, technicians, and clinicians. Our informal poll question last week was “What topics would you like a future O&P-related survey to ask about?”
Of those who responded, 41 percent said they’d like to see a survey on work/life balance; 35 percent said they’d like to see a survey on practice ownership; 22 percent said a survey on education would be interesting; and one commenter said, I’d like to know the amount of student loan debt the average practitioner has. That way we can look at the economics of debt/income ratio that new clinicians face.” We’ll definitely keep at in mind.
In another recent poll, we turned to a hot topic that’s been in the news lately—tipping fatigue. Most of us know tipping is supposed to be a reward for excellent service. Recent studies, however, have shown that some people are getting tired of the increasing number of situations that seem to call for tipping, while other studies suggest that many people are motivated more by social pressure to tip than anything else.
Our question was, “What do you think is an appropriate amount when it comes to tipping at the counter?”
Of those who responded, more than half, 56 percent, said it depends on the service; 21 percent they’ll give a 20 percent tip; 17 percent said they tip 10-15 percent, and 6 percent said they seldom or don’t tip at all.
Our Twitter followers were unanimous, saying they tip 10-15 percent.
Several themes to emerge from the 49th Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium in Nashville last Month included women, diversity, and workplace culture in O&P. Since more women are entering O&P, it is seemingly safe to say that most people can name at least one woman who has or has had a strong influence in their life and career. We asked our social media followers, “Who is that person for you?”
Fifty-four percent said it was their mother, sister, or an aunt. Nineteen percent said their grandmother was the most influential person in their life; 15 percent said their wife; and 12 percent responded that a woman coworker or boss was the most influential person in their life.
We’re continuing our survey theme in this week’s poll. Our question is, “What makes you most likely to take a survey?” It is up and in full swing. Tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you.