What to do when finances are tight and you can’t afford that pay rise you know your nanny deserves.
You know that you really appreciate your nanny and the wonderful work that she does -not only does she take terrific care of your child, but she’s always ready to muck in with other things, and lend a hand whenever you need her to.
She deserves a raise, but, unfortunately, it’s impossible to stretch your finances any further right now. So what should you do?
- Be honest with her. Because you’re not able to give her the raise you want to, your first instinct may be to avoid the conversation altogether. However, it would be reasonable to suppose that if you’re thinking it’s time to give your nanny a raise, she’s thinking it too! When you avoid that subject, the chances are that Nanny will make the assumption that either you don’t value her work, or don’t feel she deserves an increase in pay. By being honest about your feelings, and telling her that your family Budget does not allow for a salary increase raise right now, you will avoid hurtful assumptions.
- Always let Nanny know how much you appreciate her. Even if you can’t afford a raise, you can afford a handwritten card with a bunch of flowers, (or get them delivered by Interflora for more impact!), a red letter day, or even a gift wrapped scented candle.
- Please don’t think that you should save saying a thank you for special occasions. Any time you notice your nanny going above and beyond the call of duty, let her know how much you appreciate the extra effort. When you see how happy your children are in her care, or when they have had a particularly enjoyable day with her, let her know that the work she does truly makes a difference to your family. use those examples to point out what you appreciate about her. Nannies, like any employee in any sector, who feel appreciated on the job are much happier, and are much more likely to stay long term in their position.
- See if any raise at all is possible.
Even if it would not be possible to give your nanny the raise she asked for, or that the agency recommended, give her what you can. Explain that although you would like it to be more, this is all that you can afford at this time. Nannies understand that employers have financial restraints like everyone else. Any raise, even a small one, makes a difference to Nanny, and shows her that her work is appreciated.
- Think outside the box to see if you can offer Nanny an added benefit. There are a lot of things you can offer besides a monetary raise. Could you find a way to give her some extra time off? A spa day? A beauty treatment? Could she use the nanny car for her own use, or even to make it easier to get to work and home again? A Gym Membership? re willing and able to offer.
- it can be given in increments, or alongside other perks.
Try to involve your nanny in a conversation regarding her pay, and let her have the chance to share her thoughts. By being honest and open with each other, you’ll both have a clear understanding of the other’s perspective and be on the same page moving forward.
Always remember that you are fortunate to have a wonderful nanny working with your family, and try your best to keep her happy.
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