Some Good Ideas for Nanny Review Day
Performance review day. Its the day of the year when nannies sit down with the families they work for and discuss all of the relevant topics of the past year and of the one to come. It is, perhaps, a rare opportunity in the busy ebb and flow of every day life for everyone to sit down and focus on the big picture.
Last year, nannymag.com published an article on the six things every nanny should remember to not forget to bring up when this day rolls around. While many have likely seen the article, or know by other means the kinds of information it presented, it bears repeating. Sometimes, separating the personal from the professional can be difficult, particularly when its your job to work with families to raise children- sometimes in ways that the parents themselves cannot. However close to the family you are, it is still a job, and both sides of that relationship must be respected to maintain a healthy balance.
So in addition to talking about the children, and any concerns the parents have, be sure to also call attention to your concerns, as well as open conversation about future situations and possibilities.
The first thing is the contract. It is important that both sides of the conversation make known their expectations for the year. Things that might effect your availability should be known as far in advance as possible, as well as any ideas for time alterations to the daily/weekly routines. Of course, not everything can be foreseen, but have a general understanding far in advance, and having that understanding in writing, will keep things running more smoothly.
This follows naturally from the discussion of contract- what changes in the family’s life will effect your duties- moving to a new house, milestones in the kids’ activities, whether school or otherwise. Make sure you know these things in advance, and have a good grasp on how that is expected to change your role.
CHANGES IN PERSONAL ROLE
Understand how the those changes in the family will alter your routine. Will it add or subtract hours from your weekly schedule? Will it add certain other responsibilities?
It is always a good idea to ask for the parents’ critique on your methods in dealing with the children, or in providing any other service for the family. It demonstrates that you are willing to work together for the best results, and grow as the family’s needs change- and it shows that you respect the parents’ role as the employer and as the parents.
Talk with the parents about how the children are developing. Behavioral and learning problems or habits the children may be displaying- or personal interests that may necessitate change in their daily schedule to include sports or other activity.
And, of course, never forget to talk about your needs. The level of your ability and responsibility should be reflected in your compensation. As I said above, it is, after all, what you do for a living. Prior to the review conversation, carefully evaluate and consider what would constitute a fair salary- and don’t forget to include vacation time, sick days, and other perks the family may be able to offer. If they can’t give you a 20% raise, but can offer you a week’s vacation at their cabin on the lake, that definitely qualifies as part of a salary. Start with a reasonable proposition- but be willing to negotiate.
If you have a good, working relationship with your nanny family, and see relatively eye-to-eye on most things, the review experience should be a good one and lead to a better relationship- in both the personal and professional.
Taken from original post here.