What does it take to be a fair nanny employer? Being fair means adhering to three best employment practices: Fair Pay, Clear Expectations, and providing a Healthy and Safe Work Environment. Unfortunately these 3 practices mean different things to different employers. The definition can be interpreted in many different ways. In this blog post, our seasoned nanny employment agency clarifies the best employment practices and offers 4 very practical tips for starting the employer-nanny relationship on the right foot.
Tip #1: Follow Provincial Labour Standards
Being able to follow provincial labour standards when compensating your nanny for their work is an important element to being a fair employer. This means paying the nanny an hourly rate that is commensurate with their skill level and experience and ensuring that overtime pay and vacation pay is followed through properly. This tip is very simple, yet is the number one issue of contention between nannies and employers. The B.C. Ministry of Labour website clearly lays out your obligations as a nanny employer. Whenever in doubt, consult an employment lawyer and have them peruse the written contract.
Tip #2: Show Your Appreciation
We understand how busy it can get, juggling familial as well as employment obligations. Despite busy schedule, it is important to take the time to show your nanny, a person who cares for your children on a daily basis, how grateful you are for their assistance. Showing your appreciation does not always have to come in monetary denominations. It could be as simple as a homemade card made that is signed by the entire family.
Tip #3: Respect their Privacy
You should respect your caregiver’s personal space, especially if they are a live-in. Even though they live in your home, this does not mean your caregiver is available 24/7. When the work day is done, your caregiver is free to enjoy their time off, whether that is in the comfort of their private room or out with friends.
Tip #4: Scheduling Regular Performance Reviews
Be it every 6 months or once a year, it is vital to schedule a specific time to sit down with your nanny and have a formal performance review. During the review process, you can share all the good things your nanny is doing as well as any areas with room for improvement. Be constructive and phrase your feedback with a growth mindset in mind. You will also want to give the nanny an opportunity to provide feedback on how things are going from their perspective. End the meeting by giving your nanny a written evaluation that includes any action steps designed to improve the quality of their work.
About Ace Personnel| Nanny Employment in Vancouver, Surrey, Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland
ACE Personnel is a family owned and operated service founded in 1977 by Diane Anderson (“Mrs. A”). It began as a home based business and has since been devoted to helping the local community with childcare and home care solutions. Mrs. A took great pride in the fact that she was able to help others through elderly care and nanny placements. She took time to get to know her each of her clients and as a result developed lasting relationships with many of them.
Our nanny employment agency in Vancouver works directly with parents and families to get them the best fit candidate for their children’s needs. If you are looking for a reliable and responsible nanny then Ace Personnel is the nanny agency you want to work with. All the nannies who work with us are well suited to help with common household chores and child supervision. Whether it is cleaning, doing laundry, cooking or helping children with homework, our nannies are there to take some of the pressure of your back.
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