by, Dr. Lindsay Heller www.thenannydoctor.com
Maybe you had on your list of New Year’s resolutions to review your nanny’s nanny job description, work agreement and more. Now, it’s time to think about your nanny and your household management.
1) Review your Nanny Job Description
When was the last time you updated your nanny’s job description? As your life goes on and your children develop, your needs will change over time. As a result, you will need to update your job description accordingly.
2) Update your Work Agreement or Nanny Contract
Didn’t develop a work agreement or nanny contract when you first hired your nanny? Well, it’s not too late! eNannySource has a complete nanny contract as part of their Nanny Success Kit. Develop a work agreement that includes a start date to the agreement and an end date. Include a 6 month review date and an annual review date. Include your nannies duties, agreed payment and payment schedule, rules and expectations of the household, how you expect your nanny to handle differences or any questions she may have regarding raising your child. Be sure to include the hours and days your nanny has agreed to work. Include also what days off your nanny has throughout the year as well as how sick/personal days will work in your household.
3) Have your Annual Meeting with your nanny.
You should have an annual meeting with your nanny every year. Ideally this meeting should take place on the same predetermined date every year. At this meeting you and your nanny should sit down, formally discuss your nanny’s current job description and her nanny work, discuss what has been working and what hasn’t been working. This meeting should be a collaborative dialogue. Listen to your nanny and her ideas and make sure you do your best to help her to feel comfortable to discuss her thoughts and concerns.
4) Show your nanny appreciation! The nanny salary .
At this time, it is also a good time to discuss a raise for your nanny. When giving her a raise, you should pair it with why you are giving her a raise and address all of the wonderful things that she has done for your family. This is a time to express your appreciation! A raise should be anywhere from 2-4%.